Brookhaven, GA, May 2, 2016 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven is looking for qualified vendors to bid on the replacement of the nature trail pedestrian bridge in Briarwood Park. Bids are due on May 19th, 2016 at 3:00 PM.
According to the plan created by the City’s Parks and Recreation consultant GreenbergFarrow, the work will consist of removal of the existing wooden bridge and stairs and the installation of:
- Pre-fabricated fiberglass pedestrian bridge
- Stone steps
In January, Brookhaven’s City Council unanimously approved funding the bridge replacements. This move by Brookhaven to “bundle” these efforts was predicated on the idea that they can utilize economies of scale and realize an overall cost savings.
The City Council approved an amount not to exceed $336,790 to replace both bridges out of the HOST budget. The total replacement cost for the Murphey Candler bridge is estimated to be $309,740 – of which $100,000 will be paid through an insurance claim. The Briarwood Park bridge comes in at an estimated cost of $177,050. $50,000 had been previously allocated for Briarwood last spring.
According to the City, both of the estimates are turnkey – demo to completion – and include a 15% to 25% cost overage contingency, which Councilmembers say they hope will not be needed and will allow the final costs to be lower. If the contingency for these bridges is not used, it must go back into the City HOST coffers.