The first phase of construction will be complete on the Red Gate Bridge by Thanksgiving, the announced Thursdsay.
Herlihy Mid-Continent, Inc., contractor for the first phase, has finished all site work, grading, and construction of the bridge over the Fox River Trail and final landscaping and restoration work is underway, according to the city.
Two change order requests on the project will be presented at the city’s Nov. 28 Government Services Committee meeting for necessary work performed by Herlihy Mid-Continent, Inc. that was not anticipated during planning of the first phase.
The city staff will present a change order for $82,000 related to increase piling lengths necessary for the bridge crossing the Fox River Trail and removal of items found during excavation for the project.
City staff also will present a recommendation to install a temporary causeway to facilitate the construction of a bridge pier during the quiet river environmental period. This will enable work to continue toward project completion in late 2012. The cost of this proposed change is $205,000 and will be paid from funds accumulated to pay project expenses, according to the city.
The city also reports that the proposed change orders have no significant impact on project funding. The cost of construction on the first phase was nearly $1 million less than what was originally budgeted, therefore, ample funding is available for the proposed change orders.
The city also was awarded a $1.9 million grant toward construction of the bridge; the total amount of external funding was more than $14 million.
The new Red Gate Bridge on the north side of St. Charles will extend across the Fox River to Route 25 south of Pinelands Road. The new bridge will feature a two-lane car deck and pedestrian walkway that will connect a bike trail from St. Charles North High School across the river to the Fox River Trail near Pinelands Road.
The second phase of construction is scheduled to be bid in January 2012 and construction is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving 2012.
For information, call Jim Bernahl, St. Charles Engineering Services Division manager, at 630-377-4486.