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The Times
  • South Ann Street bridge project on schedule

  • The South Ann Street bridge replacement project is on schedule.

    That is according to communication received by the Little Falls Board of Public Works from project manager David Weiss of Albany-based WSP SELLS.

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  • The South Ann Street bridge replacement project is on schedule.
    That is according to communication received by the Little Falls Board of Public Works from project manager David Weiss of Albany-based WSP SELLS.
    In his letter addressed to the board, Weiss said to date the two new abutments, as well as the center pier, have been poured, as well as the pedestals on the structures.
    Weiss also wrote the temporary support structure for the existing sidewalk and utilities that is to remain in service during reconstruction is almost complete and should be finished by Friday.
    He added the contractor has begun his next sequence of work which will include the removal and replacement of the top portion of the back wall area. Once this task and a few other various items are accomplished, Weiss said the removal of the existing bridge superstructure will begin.
    Speaking during Monday night’s Board of Public Works meeting, commissioner Rodney St. Louis said Weiss indicated there are a “few outstanding field related issues that have yet to be completely resolved in regards to the utilities and sidewalk related work.” St. Louis added WSP SELLS will provide a detailed list of items that require city input and approval before any action can take place.
    In his letter, Weiss said the issues primarily pertain to a request from the contractor to switch the gas and sewer location on the bridge due to interferences on the approaches; the need to install an electrical conduit across the bridge due to the overflow for the sewer; a contractor request to change the utility casing and sleeves from steel to HDPE pipe and a revision to the limits of sidewalk work at the northeast and southeast corners due to site conditions related to utilities.
    Speaking about the electrical conduit, St. Louis said the work was not anticipated during design.
    “Before the contractor can move ahead, city input will be required,” he said.
    Mayor Robert Peters said any and all change orders are subject to board approval.
    “Anything that would change the scope of the work has to be approved the board,” he said. “Especially, if it is something that will cause the cost of the project to increase. The project does have contingency money in its budget, but we don’t want to spend that money if we don’t have to.”
    The city’s Common Council last month unanimously approved the issuance of $1.75 million in serial bonds to pay for the replacement of the South Ann Street bridge. The estimated cost of the project is $1.45 million, which city Treasurer David Petkovsek said leaves $300,000 for contingencies.
    With St. Louis scheduled to meet with Weiss at the work site end of the week, Peters said the Board of Public Works could schedule a special meeting later in the month to approve any change orders.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The contractor is working under a tight deadline, so the board may have to call a special meeting to approve any necessary change orders,” he said. “The city doesn’t want to hold the project up.”

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