Sidewalk contract awarded |

Sidewalk contract awarded

City Hall recently awarded a contract in anticipation of building two stretches of sidewalk in Park Meadows.

Alliance Engineering won the $35,000 deal. It involves designing and engineering the sidewalk stretches, taking the project to bid and managing the construction. Jon Weidenhamer, who manages City Hall’s economic development efforts, says the deal with Alliance will be paid for with proceeds from a bond measure for pedestrian and bicyclist upgrades around Park City.

Nine firms submitted bids, ranging from Alliance’s figure to the highest bidder, which pegged the work at $93,100, according to a report submitted to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council before the City Council approved the deal.

The estimated price for the project is $923,000, with the bulk of the money to be awarded to a different firm later as part of a construction contract. Weidenhamer, though, says it is possible the cost will drop as construction firms seek work in the recession.

Under the blueprints, a segment of sidewalk will be built on the north side of Little Kate Road between Holiday Ranch Loop Road and Lucky John Drive. The other stretch of sidewalk will be built on the east side of Lucky John Drive between Little Kate Road and the drop-off zone for the schools. The two stretches total just less than one mile.

"It provides a major spine to collect kids in the Park Meadows neighborhood," Weidenhamer says, anticipating a safer route to the schools.

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He says construction is scheduled to start in the late summer, with a completion date expected in the late fall.

Weidenhamer says the work will also include narrowing two intersections along the routes, meant to make the intersections easier to cross for pedestrians and bicyclists.

City Hall is pursuing an aggressive set of upgrades with the $15 million in bond money that voters earlier authorized. More ambitious projects are planned on Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard, two streets that have long been worrisome to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Park City leaders say improving the pedestrian and bicyclist routes will make the city safer for people who are not driving cars. They also say, meanwhile, doing so could reduce traffic and pollution by encouraging more people to walk or bicycle.

For more information about the sidewalk projects, call Matt Twombly, who is managing the work for City Hall. His number is 615-5177.

Jay Hamburger