Construction is set to begin on a portion of the Lincoln Drive median after the Paradise Valley Town Council approved a construction contract for the project.
Town Council approved a contract for an amount not to exceed $2,333,226.88 to Markham Contracting Co. Inc. as well as waiving the 14-day contract execution wait period. The approval at the June 25 meeting was 6-0 with Vice Mayor Julie Pace recusing herself.
Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner said he is appreciative of all the input the town’s received from the public and the effort town staff put in to lower the costs.
“It’s an important project on one of our two main arterials,” he said during the meeting. “It’s gotten due and very excellent attention from staff and also great input from the public and the council.”
The project includes the reconstruction of the Lincoln Drive medians from 32nd Street to Tatum Boulevard as well as the median between Tatum and Mockingbird Lane.
The project will include the modification, addition or removal of medians for improved safety, traffic operations and landscaping, Town Engineer Paul Mood said during the meeting.
He also said the project will give median access priority to police department and fire station No. 2; resorts and places of worship; signalized intersections and major side streets; and residential driveways, which totals about 80.
Crews will also install irrigation to medians east of Tatum Boulevard and install landscaping atop all medians within the project. Mr. Mood also said crews will make sure there is spare conduit for future use such as with the town’s Intelligent Transportation System improvements.
ITS improvement plans, Mr. Mood said, call for the addition of fiber to all the town’s traffic signals and license plate readers.
The final contract price represents a lower total than originally planned but is still above the projected budget of $2.15 million. Town staff originally presented a cost of about $2.57 million on May 28 but was able to drop that to about $2.43 million after some slight project adjustments.
Staff further dropped the price after presenting more slight adjustments to seven medians at the June 11 meeting, bringing the cost to about $2.33 million.
Those adjustments include reducing the length of median extensions and reducing the proposed median length by 130 feet east of 46th Street to avoid manhole conflicts.
Since the project is over budget, the town will have to approve a future transfer from the Capital Projects Contingency Fund. The contract also includes a $50,000 owner’s contingency.
Paradise Valley will use Peoria’s job order contract for citywide civil/site work since the construction contract is a cooperative purchasing agreement.
With the waiving of the 14 days, Mr. Mood said construction should begin quickly. The contractor estimating the portion between Tatum Boulevard and Mockingbird Lane to take three months while the portion between Tatum and 32nd Street should take two months. Crews plan to work from Tatum Boulevard and go east toward Mockingbird Lane as part of the first chunk of the project.