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City approves $300,000 for bridge inspection

Posted: March 20, 2014 - 4:13pm

The Conway Chamber of Commerce approved spending “up to $300,000” for third-party engineering inspection for a planned bridge over Sturgis Road on Tuesday night, amending the contract with

 

The inspector, a Garver Engineering employee, will make sure that steel reinforcing bar (rebar) is installed correctly and that the correct types of concrete are used, among other things, City Engineer Ronnie Hall said. About $160,000 will go to this inspector, with the remainder going for Garver Engineering review of plans for the bridge.

 

There is an engineer within the street department who could do the continual inspections at the bridge site, “but that would draw him away from his other tasks,” Hall said.

 

Hall said that this engineer has to “say grace” over new construction in three residential subdivisions and several sidewalk projects, and that third-party inspection is standard practice for both the state highway department and municipal street departments.

 

The $300,000 amount assumes that the bridge will be built ahead of schedule. It’s possible, or likely, that more will be spent. The entire Sturgis Road overpass and south I-40 interchange is budgeted at more than $3 million.

 

This project is funded by dedicated street department money, and will not have a direct impact on the city’s general fund. 

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Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 03/20/14 - 05:23 pm
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Seems

like I see Garver mentioned often on various projects. Is this another "no bid" situation for engineering work?

InsGuru
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InsGuru 03/21/14 - 09:14 am
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WOW

Does this come with a Christmas Tree????

"The inspector, a Garver Engineering employee, will make sure that steel reinforcing bar (rebar) is installed correctly and that the correct types of concrete are used, among other things, City Engineer Ronnie Hall said."

Umm so why is this guy on the city payroll then? Isn't that his job?

We need a Ron Swanson in this town, cause the spending is rediculous.

Budnmud
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Budnmud 03/21/14 - 09:14 am
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Hum

I think I'm in the wrong bidness....

lachowsj
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lachowsj 03/21/14 - 12:51 pm
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Not that much

Just a little over two Christmas trees. That's not that much.

reader
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reader 03/21/14 - 11:28 pm
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This is just money for a 'planned bridge'

This is kind of odd:

the contract with

The inspector, a Garver Engineering.....

and uhhh,

"There is an engineer within the street department who could do the continual inspections at the bridge site, “but that would draw him away from his other tasks,” Hall said. Uhhh, really, just really?

I don't suppose they wouldn't offer this same amount to him to do the inspection on the bridge, yet to be built?

The Chamber of Commerce is SO generous. (snicker)

reader
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reader 03/21/14 - 11:31 pm
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and btw to the LCD

Your title says: "City approves $300,000 for bridge inspection. . . . ."

and then the article says:

The Conway Chamber of Commerce approved spending “up to $300,000”

Are the two considered the same, or was there more detail to this story not printed online?

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 03/22/14 - 11:50 am
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Good point Reader

Why would the Chamber have an interest in a project like this? Strange.

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