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First Phase of Red Gate Bridge to be Complete by Thanksgiving

Two change order requests for the project will be presented at the City of St. Charles Government Services Committee Nov. 28.

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.

Greg Rusnak November 18, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Has anyone ever driven on Route 25 (near proposed bridge) when there is snow on the ground? The incline is so steep that once a car stops on that patch of road, they literally begin to slide back down. When there is a stoplite at the top of the hill and there are cars piled up all over, who (Mr. mayor) will be held legally responsible?
Len Robertson November 18, 2011 at 03:13 PM
The sooner the bridge is finished, the sooner the city of St Chsrles can be sued for constructing a noisy and dangerous menace. As for the so-called "unmatched cooperation", it didn't include anyone who lives close to the bridge.
David P Nelson November 18, 2011 at 03:44 PM
What a true waste of Taxpayer's money! St. Charles, you should be ashamed of what you have done!
Skip Masters November 18, 2011 at 04:09 PM
This bridge is both sorely needed and long overdue. The only issue I see with it is that it should be 4 lanes, not two.
Mike Garrity November 18, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Len, David & Greg: The usual whining from the usual suspects. A stoplight on a hill? Heavens, how unusual! Except for the lights on Randall, in downtown St.Charles and Geneva, etc. etc. "Anyone who lives close to the bridge" can go the long way around if they're so opposed to it. And it would have cost a lot less if it had been built years ago - before the snooty Wayne folks and their obstructionist allies kept delaying it.

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