2017-11-30 / News

Council approves money for RiverWalk

Biddeford City Council voted unanimously to authorize $194,658 for Wright-Pearce to begin preliminary design work for the next phase of the RiverWalk that will extend from Laconia Plaza to Elm Street.

The contract devotes $169,568 for the project work, $10,000 for out of pocket reimbursement (cash payments) and $15,000 for unexpected costs. Funding for the work comes entirely from the Route 111 Mill Redevelopment Municipal Development and Tax Increment Financing District.

Section two of the RiverWalk from the 2016 Master Plan includes the construction of a Saco Falls Boardwalk, Falls Plaza, Riverdam Boardwalk, Riverdam Connector, Pearl Plaza, Spring Island Boardwalk and Connector, Elm Street Crossing and Diamond Street Connector and Boardwalk. In a report to City Planner Greg Tansley, Wright- Pearce Senior Vice President Jonathan C. Edgerton and Project Manager Stephanie A. Hubbard wrote that survey work could begin as early as December. Design work is expected to begin next year and be completed as early as July. Bidding for the project will take place in December 2018. Design work will include a topographic survey to show existing conditions within the proposed areas of work, subsurface explorations, public meetings and stakeholder meetings.

“Wright-Pearce will begin the survey work and preliminary design work in winter through May,” Tansley said. “No physical construction will begin until spring 2019.”

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