Bids on Riverside boardwalk project may be opened soon
by Elsie Hodnett
Jun 13, 2011 | 1176 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Riverside Council will open bids for the Riverside Landing boardwalk project in about a week.

“We have not received any bids yet, but have given bid specs out to three contractors,” Mayor Rusty Jessup said.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at city hall at 3 p.m., June 15. Sealed bids must be received by 10 a.m., June 20, when the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at city hall.

“Hopefully the council will grant the bid at the June 21 council meeting,” Jessup said.

Jessup said funds from the $50,000 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Land and Water Conservation Fund grant will pay for the new boardwalk.

According to the bid announcement, “The work generally consists of construction of approximately 450 linear feet of 8 feet wide boardwalk and railing; and ADA sidewalk and accessible ramp to boardwalk from parking area.”

Jessup said finishing the boardwalk will conclude step one of the city’s five-step plan for Riverside Landing.

Step one also included dredging out the slough and channel, putting in riprap to stop erosion and constructing the piers.

“Although this will be a long process overall, we are excited to complete step one,” he said. “The boardwalk will make Riverside Landing more cosmetically attractive, and more attractive to use as well. The new boardwalk will provide more places for boats to tie up to, and make the entire area more useable for boat traffic.”

Jessup said the city also plans to move a couple of the picnic tables at Coleman Park to the boardwalk area.

“One of the biggest benefits to completing step one is increased revenue for the city in the way of commerce, sales tax and gasoline sales,” he said. “Hopefully the increased revenue will speed up the process of completing the project, which will include a general store, public bathrooms, paved parking lot and landscaping.”

Jessup said the city intends to apply for further ADECA grants to fund improvements at Riverside Landing.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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