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February 13, 2013

Engineering contracts for rebuilding C.R. 38 approved

GOSHEN —  Preliminary engineering work to reconstruct C.R. 38 on the city’s south side was approved Tuesday.

Goshen Redevelopment Commission members approved an agreement with American Structurepoint Inc. for a topographic survey, design engineering and right of way engineering for Kercher Road from the Norfolk Southern Marion Line to Dierdorff Road.

According to Goshen Engineer Mary Cripe, the Engineering Department received eight proposals for the Kercher Road Reconstruction Project back in mid-January. A team of four reviewers was then assembled to review the various projects and come up with a recommendation for the top choice.

Following a review of all proposals, Cripe indicated that DLZ Inc. and American Structurepoint Inc. were selected to be interviewed, following which American Structurepoint was determined to be the top choice for the project.

According to the agreement approved Tuesday, the scope of the Kercher Road project will include the widening of the existing roadway to include two travel lanes and a center two-way, left-turn lane, provide for adequate curb and gutter, a new storm sewer and a 10-foot-wide sidewalk along the south side of Kercher Road. The project also reportedly calls for the realignment of Pine Manor Drive with Industrial Park Drive utilizing concrete curb and gutter and a 10-foot-wide sidewalk.

Cost for the agreement with American Structurepoint for the topographic and design engineering work has been set at approximately $163,000. Cost for the right of way engineering will reportedly be paid separately as part of an amendment to the agreement, and will depend on the number and type of tracts identified.

Right of way engineering cost for residential property has been set at $450 per parcel, right of way engineer cost for residential property lines has been set at $600 per parcel, and right of way engineering for farm or large tracts has been set at $900 per parcel.

Downtown Vault Survey


In other business, commission members voted to table a request by Goshen engineer Dustin Sailor to hire a firm to conduct a survey for abandoned vaults in downtown Goshen located in areas where access beneath the sidewalk is not feasible.

According to Sailor, the request is tied to the 2012 partial collapse of a downtown sidewalk that injured Dew Drop Inn owner Ken Carner. The cause of the sidewalk collapse was determined to be a deteriorated vault located beneath the sidewalk.

To determine the extent and severity of the downtown vault issue, city staff spent several months performing site inspections from within downtown businesses. From those inspections, Sailor indicated that a multi-tier assessment was prepared categorizing different sites as:

• Bad, needs immediate repair;

• Follow-up, not sure if a vault was backfilled;

• Future repairs needed;

• Good, no repairs needed;

• And, no vault present.

In order to complete the vault assessment started in 2012, Sailor indicated city staff would like to be able to rule out the existence of potential underground voids in locations identified as “follow-up, not sure if a vault was backfilled,” of which there are approximately 47 such locations.

To make the investigative process as non-destructive as possible, his department contacted several firms capable of conducting ground penetrating radar surveys to seek bids for the vault assessment.

Four firms submitted quotes for the project: Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR), Blood Hound Inc., Abonmarche and Lawson-Fisher Associates/Earth Exploration.

JPR’s proposal was chosen as the lowest bidder with a cost of $16,680 and submitted to the Redevelopment Commission for approval.

However, during Tuesday’s meeting, commission members noted that the proposal submitted by JPR indicated they would use a grid of between 5 and 10 feet when conducting a radar survey, while the second lowest bidder, Blood Hound Inc. ($17,300), proposed using a more accurate one-foot grid, with a price reduction for using a larger grid.

Commission members voted to table the request until their next meeting in order to allow time to contact Blood Hound and find out the particulars of their pricing.

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