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Garden Avenue bridge to open Friday

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In a short meeting Monday afternoon, the city of Roswell Infrastructure Committee heard a brief update on the completion of the Garden Avenue bridge project and gave its approval to a bid for new trash receptacles.

The bridge will open to traffic with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Friday, City Engineer Louis Najar said in an email Tuesday to the Roswell Daily Record. It had originally been scheduled for Wednesday morning but was moved due to the weather.

Installation of safety fencing and painting of traffic striping were the main jobs left to do, Najar told the committee Monday. The striping can be done after the road is open, he said.

“The main thing is to get it opened and let the public get it back as fast as they can,” Najar said.

The bridge project has been delayed from its original July completion date several times since a portion of Garden Avenue was closed Jan. 27. State health orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March caused the contractor to stop work for about a month. Combined with supply shortages and delivery delays due to the pandemic, that set the closing date to September.

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In mid-September, a water line repair extended the project another 300 feet to the south. Rather than patch the concrete dug up to replace the water line, the city council approved a $228,299 change order to repave the section and repair broken curb and guttering.

Near the end of September, crews discovered a manhole just south of the extended work area that had extensive corrosion and needed to be rebuilt with sewer lines rerouted to the new manhole.

Also at Monday’s meeting, committee members voted unanimously to advance a bid from Snyder Industries, Lincoln, Nebraska, for new 300-gallon trash receptacles to the full city council’s Nov. 12 consent agenda.

City staff recommended the bid from Snyder for trash receptacles with lids at a cost of $219 each. The lids will be similar to the currently used receptacles with dual openings.

Only one other bid was received, from Rotational Molding Inc., Gardena, California, with a total price for receptacle and lid at $230 each.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.