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Chesterfield approves contracts for pedestrian bridge over Highway 40

Chesterfield approves contracts for pedestrian bridge over Highway 40

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CHESTERFIELD • The Chesterfield City Council approved two contracts on Monday night that will allow for building a pedestrian bridge on Chesterfield Parkway, to extend over Highway 40 (Interstate 64).

The structure will be adjacent to the Chesterfield Parkway East vehicle overpass. 

One contract, for construction, is with Millstone Weber LLC, for up to $1.841 million. That cost is being funded by a combination of grant funds and city funds from capital improvement sales tax proceeds. The other contract is for construction engineering, with the HR Green firm and for up to $149,131.

Mike Geisel, interim co-city administrator, told the council that cumulative project costs are within the city’s $1.991 million budget, which includes $900,000 of Transportation Alternatives Program grant funding. Also, $420,000 of city fund reserves were earmarked for the project in 2012, and the Council, in 2015, authorized an additional allocation of $755,000 from fund reserves.

Councilwoman Barbara McGuinness was opposed to both contracts. She said she objected to, over time, the increasing amount of the bridge cost that the city will devote to the project. “Originally, we were going to provide 20 percent of the cost, but now we’ll be paying for about 40 percent of the work,” she said.

Geisel said the pedestrian bridge was on the original plans for the parkway, dating from the early 1990s.

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