By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — GOSHEN — The completion of a bicycle/pedestrian trail from U.S. 33 to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds has been delayed. However, the trail is still expected to be in place for the 2014 fair.
Work by Niles, Mich.-based Selge Construction crews on the Monroe Street trail was originally set to be finished Friday of last week. However, Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety members on Monday approved extending the deadline to April 13 of next year.
The board also approved an addition of $5,264.70 to the project cost, bringing the total contract with Selge Construction to $831,979.43. The new funding is for additional trail construction near the Monroe Street bridge over Rock Run Creek.
Goshen Utilities Engineer Dustin Sailor listed several factors that delayed the project. These included an unforeseen gas line conflict with the storm sewer, delays in the bridge project and winter weather conditions.
Sailor said the bridge replacement project is a separate project by Elkhart County officials, using local funds, and being constructed concurrently with the new trail.
The Monroe Street trail project is being funded with 80 percent federal transportation enhancement funds and 20 percent local funds. When complete, the trail will extend from U.S. 33, running on the north side of Monroe Street (C.R. 34) until it reaches Blackport Drive. The trail will then cross to the south side of Monroe and run all the way to the fairgrounds’ Gate 5.
According to Goshen engineering staff, the overall cost of the Monroe Street trail project — including design, right-of-way acquisition, construction and construction inspection — is in the neighborhood of $1.4 million.
In other business, the Board of Works approved:
• A bid from D & R Salvage in Goshen for 463 surplus water meters that are no longer needed by the Utility Department. The bid was $569.75 for used Neptune meters and $575 for new Neptune meters.
• The board approved a change order at the Twelfth Street Lift Station in the upgrade of the SCADA system controls of five key lift stations within the collection system. SCADA, or Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition, is the name of the automated control system used by the Goshen water and wastewater treatment facilities staffers in their daily operations, Sailor said. The facility does not have adequate fusing to provide overload protection for the new equipment and a new breaker panel is required. The cost increase is $1,590 and raises the total project cost to $1,548,960. Change orders have increased the project cost by 16.66 percent.
• The board approved the agreement for sale and purchase of real estate at 602 E. Kercher Road. Goshen officials are planning to construct a stormwater facility on the north side of Kercher Road and realign Industrial Park Drive with Pine Manor Avenue. The Redevelopment Commission has agreed to provide the funding for the acquisition of the real estate along Kercher Road needed for these projects.