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Board approves engineering consultants for repaving, intersection improvements

By Bill Short

Flag City LogoThe Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously approved design contracts with separate engineering consultants for projects that involve road repaving and intersection improvements.
Board members took the actions during their Feb. 9 regular monthly meeting on the recommendations of a Consultant Selection Review Committee appointed by Mayor Terry Jones.
The board approved a $107,000 contract with Fisher & Arnold Inc. on the repaving project and a $93,000 contract with Kimley-Horn & Associates Inc. on the intersection project.
Both contracts are contingent upon approval by City Attorney Charles Perkins.
During discussion shortly before the votes, Interim City Manager Chris Dorsey noted that Tennessee law does not allow municipalities to advertise for bids from engineers or architects. They are required to conduct a Request for Qualifications process.
Dorsey said that, after discussing the proposals it received from various firms, the committee “rated” them and made its recommendations. Then, City Engineer Darek Baskin “negotiated” the fees.
Raleigh-Millington Road is one of several in the city that are in the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Urban Functional Classification System of Transportation Byways. So, TDOT has designated it for assistance in repaving.
An economic stimulus grant was used in 2010 to repave Raleigh-Millington from Church Street to Sykes Road.
In response to Millington’s request, TDOT has submitted a “development contract” for a project that will be managed by the city to complete the resurfacing from Sykes Road south to Amherst Road.
Baskin has said that, in addition to “patching some degraded sub-pavement,” the project will also involve restriping the road with “bike lanes,” which are required in order to obtain federal funding.
He said the bike lanes that are currently striped along Raleigh-Millington will be continued “at least down” to Pleasant Ridge Road. Whether they will be “cut off” there or extended south of Pleasant Place Subdivision will be based on the consultant’s recommendation.
The state has estimated that the total cost of the project will not exceed $710,000, which includes designs, engineering, construction, inspection and traffic control. Because the state will fund 80 percent of that cost, the city will be required to provide a 20-percent match totaling $142,000.
Millington’s Capital Improvement Program Fund still has the $125,000 that was allocated for paving in the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. The remaining portion of the local match will come from the current year’s allocation.
Baskin has said the project “figures into” the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization’s bicycle and pedestrian Master Plan.
Through the MMPO’s Transportation Improvement Program, Millington has been allocated $710,000 for the project.
Because the project’s construction cost is estimated at $550,000 to $600,000, Baskin said the consultant fee is approximately 16 percent of that total. He noted that the $107,000 includes an environmental study, right of way certification, the design and preparation of the bid specifications.
Baskin has said that, for several years, the state has been “managing” a project for Millington that consists of improvements to the Navy Road and Church Street intersection. But he noted that, when the project “goes to construction,” the city will have to take over the management of it.
The project involves adding a right-turn lane, some drainage improvements and new traffic signals on the southbound section of Church Street north of Navy Road. Baskin noted that the signals will be the new, black “mast-arm poles” like the ones currently installed on Veterans Parkway.
Millington has requested assistance from the state, which has submitted a proposed contract for the improvements. The city has already provided a 20-percent match estimated at approximately $43,000 for preliminary design and right of way acquisition.
Through the MMPO’s Transportation Improvement Program, Millington has been allocated $600,000 for the project. The state has estimated the total construction cost at $350,000 to $400,000.
At the Feb. 9 meeting, Baskin said the state has agreed that this project can be classified under its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. So, it will now be 100-percent funded by the state and federal government, except for the remaining $18,000 amount of the design fee.
“The city will probably be on the hook for 20 percent of that $18,000, or about $3,600,” Baskin noted. “That should be all the capital outlay we have in this entire project.”
He said Millington will ultimately advertise for construction bids on the two projects, and the board will be asked to award a contract for each one.

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