Favorable construction bids pave way for work on path in Veterans Memorial Park that was delayed last year
Six months after tabling plans to build a riverwalk in Veterans Memorial Park, the Village of Grafton is poised to proceed with the project.
Buoyed by favorable construction bids, the Parks and Recreation Board was scheduled this week to recommend hiring a Fredonia firm to install the 1,000-foot-long walkway.
TP Concrete submitted the low bid of $313,699 for the work, which includes constructing a 10-foot-wide concrete path from Highway 60 to a shelter in the park, which is on 13th Avenue.
The total project cost is estimated at $445,960. That includes $313,699 for the base bid and supplemental work; $50,000 for an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch; $32,261 for design and engineering services; and $25,000 each for decorative lighting fixtures and informational kiosks.
The park path will be an extension of the riverwalk south of Highway 60, a portion of which overlooks the Bridge Street dam. Other amenities include a sitting wall and trail bump-out sections.
In a report to the board, Parks and Recreation Director John Safstrom said the village has $509,000 for the project. Included is a $224,5000 matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, with the village contributing an equal amount.
The village also received $35,000 from the Fund for Lake Michigan grant program and a $25,000 donation from Meijer for the kiosks. The $35,000 grant will help pay for erosion control, riprap and two years of maintenance along the shoreline of the riverwalk.
The village originally planned to have the path installed last year but delayed the project when two bids it received were significantly higher than the estimated cost.
TP Concrete’s bid — including $299,037 in base cost and $14,661 for supplemental work — was the lowest of five received. The highest was $446,146 submitted by Veit & Co. of Rogers, Minn.
“Village staff was pleasantly surprised with the significantly lower bids,” Village Administrator Darrell Hofland said.
Safstrom said that after the bids were rejected in July, village staff reviewed the design plans in an effort to cut costs. Those cuts included savings by having the village purchase light poles and the canoe-kayak launch on its own and removing one of the larger sitting areas from the project.
Safstrom recommended hiring TP Concrete. The Village Board will consider the Parks and Recreation Board’s recommendation at its Feb. 1 meeting.
Installation of the riverwalk is expected to begin in mid-summer and take two months to complete. The park will not be closed during the work, Hofland said.
The Parks and Recreation Board was scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Municipal Services Facility, 674 N. Green Bay Rd.