Summit Loop Project picks a contractor, dates set for first stage
Summit County officials selected Columbine Hills Concrete as the contractor on Tuesday for roadwork in Summit Cove. With a bid of $741,000, Columbine plans to complete the project in two months instead of the three originally scheduled for this summer.
“It’s a lot of construction, so the shorter we can make that whole process, the better,” said assistant county manager Thad Noll. “The best thing about the compressed schedule is that we’ll be finished before the kids go back to school.”
Senior planner Kate Berg said that with the new construction schedule, crews would look at working Monday through Saturday, breaking ground July 7 and wrapping up the project on August 30.
“They would minimize the type of construction they do on Saturdays,” Berg said. “There will be no construction on Sundays.”
Columbine will look at tackling the first phase of the project, repaving Summit Drive from Cove Boulevard to Cove Elementary. The new road will add striping and bike lanes on both sides to make room for the cyclists and pedestrians that frequent the area.
“That’s one of the neighborhoods where there’s this big concentration of locals living,” Noll said. “Walking to a friends’ house, or going to the school, there’s a lot of foot traffic wandering around.”
Since many of the mailboxes along Summit Drive are in the road bank, the county will move mailboxes back 2 feet to make room for the new bike lanes. Berg said during construction, the county mailboxes in buckets full of gravel so mail can still be delivered, and then replacing the mailboxes once construction is complete.
Once work to main drive is complete, the county will also look at making much-needed repairs on side roads Idlewild Drive, Vail Circle, Meadow Drive and Hideaway Court. The original plan was to hire Culter Repaving, Inc. to use recycled asphalt to repave Idlewild Drive, and simply add a crack and chip seal layer to the other three roads. However, with the price offered by Columbine for the rest of the roadwork, the county might have enough funds to fully repave all four roads.
Summit County will host a construction open house to provide more information to residents on June 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Summit Cove Elementary. Berg said the county would also compile an email list to communicate with affected residents, as well as put together a blog with construction updates.
The estimated total cost for phase one of the project is $1.23 million, including both work to Summit Drive and the repaving of side roads. Two additional phases are planned for the summer of 2016 and 2017, for the addition of bike lanes, striping and other improvements to Cove Boulevard, completing the loop.
For project updates, visit http://www.co.summit.co.us/Blog.aspx?CID=1
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