PTC drainage improvements will lead to road closings

Fri, 07/24/2009 - 2:15pm
By: John Munford

Willowbend Road between Picnic Park and City Hall will be closed for three months this fall as a contractor replaces the culvert under the road with a larger one to alleviate flooding on the west side of the road.

Access to City Hall and Picnic Park, home of the All Children’s Playground, will not be blocked, officials said.

The project is being delayed until after the annual International Festival and Dragon Boat Race on September 26. The event is hosted at Drake Field and organizers were concerned if the project started earlier it could create a problem for those attending.

The Peachtree City Rotary Club hosts the festival, which is attended by thousands due to the growing popularity of the Dragon Boat races.

The low bidder on the project was Brent Scarbrough and Company of Fayetteville at $214,496, who was awarded the project last week by the City Council. That figure was $170,000 cheaper than the next highest bidder, Ruby-Collins.

Funds for the project are coming out of the city’s stormwater program, but part of the funding will come from the bond contingency account, city officials said.

Because the project is being delayed past 60 days, the contractor will be allowed to increase the price if material costs increase, officials said.

Council also last week voted to award a bid for a drainage improvement project to replace the system under Waterwood Bend between the Lakeside subdivision and Peachtree Parkway. The work will require a three-month closing of Waterwood Bend at its southern intersection of Peachtree Parkway, officials said.

Lakeside and Edgewater residents should use the northern intersection of Waterwood Bend and the parkway during construction.

The Lakeside project was awarded to low bidder Ronny D. Jones of Newnan for $363,964. The money will come out of the city’s stormwater fund.

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