City details cost increases for Harbor Drive project

Alex Doty • Mar 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The budget for the city’s upcoming Harbor Drive reconstruction project is coming into clearer focus.

“There’s a big shift in our projected expenses of about ($383,000),” City Manager Pat McGinnis said during a project review at City Council’s work session Monday night.

The initial $1.44 million project estimate didn’t include money for street lighting and underground fiber optic conduit, and a new traffic signal at the Franklin Avenue/Harbor Drive intersection. A new traffic signal would cost about $232,000, and the street lighting and fiber optic conduit would cost an estimated $151,000.

“The overall project with the two additions is $1.8 million,” Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos said.

New underground conduit for power lines would also be buried as part of the project, but the cost would likely be covered by the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power.

“That is a conversation that is evolving,” McGinnis said. “They’ve not had a formal declaration at this point.”

The issue of the traffic signal being left out of the project’s initial cost was due to an oversight, McGinnis noted, due to the speed at which the application for the federal grant needed to be submitted.

“I think we had a week to get a number together,” McGinnis said in reference to the city learning of the grant opportunity and needing to submit an application.

The underground conduit and street lighting costs are due to the discussions that occurred later on in the project process regarding the burial of overhead power and telecommunication lines along the project limits, McGinnis noted.

Before a final decision is made on the additional items in the project, McGinnis said he plans to meet with the city’s engineers to check the level of service at the Franklin/Harbor intersection to see if a traffic signal is even warranted. He said he also plans to check to see if the current signal could be repurposed or reused instead of installing a new signal.

The Harbor Drive project also includes a contingency budget of $165,000 for dealing with any contaminated soils or groundwater.

“If we find it, we have the funds set aside,” Gajdos said. “And if we don’t, we will save that.”

The city was notified in 2017 that it was selected to receive $1.15 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund to help pay for the project.

The work will include complete street reconstruction of Harbor Drive between Franklin and Columbus avenues, and replacement of sanitary sewer and water and stormwater lines. It will also include the replacement of a 6-inch water main with a 12-inch line, a semi-abandoned 30-inch diameter sanitary sewer line will be removed and replaced by a 24-inch diameter pipe, and the storm sewer system will be replaced.

“It’s an ambitious project and there’s a lot of very old infrastructure down there,” McGinnis said.

The project went out for bid at the beginning of March, and bids are due back for review by mid-April.

Gajdos said that, depending on what direction is taken by the City Council regarding the additional costs, the city will be able to adjust the project as needed.

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