Safe Sidewalks: City hires engineering firm to complete grant project

September 22nd, 2010  |  Published in Latest News

The City of Robertsdale passed a motion at their Monday morning council meeting to retain the services of Goodwin, Mills, & Cawood, Inc., a Montgomery engineering firm, to oversee the construction of the “Safe Route to School Sidewalk Program.”

The City was awarded a $150,000 “Safe Routes to School Grant funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation on July 15.

Inspection, engineering, and administration fees in the amount of $30,000 will be paid by the City of Robertsdale, City Engineer Greg Smith said, and broken down, $13,800 will be for Engineering and Design, $8,700 will be for Construction Inspection, and $7,500 will be for Project Administration.

This money has already been budgeted and Smith said they will be looking at different options as to where to put the sidewalk in the next few weeks and go from there.

“We applied for $500,000 so we have to revamp and figure out where we can work with the funds available,” Smith said.

The agreement between the City and Goodwyn covers basic services like the design phases, the bid phase, the construction phase, and the post-construction phase. It also includes additional services like preparation of application and documents, drawings, models of construction and physical testing of materials and equipment.

“Once a location is decided on, ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) is supposed to let us begin working on Jan. 1, 2011 and we have 12 months to start construction,” Smith said.

According to the ALDOT website, “the purpose of Safe Routes to School Program is to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school safer and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects that will improve highway safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.”

By Andrea Brooks, Gulf Coast Newspapers