NPSJ water/sidewalk work to begin this month

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM.

After months of delays the replacement of water lines in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe will begin this month.

The USDA has finally signed off on the final construction scope for a sidewalk project along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., to be done at the same time as the water line replacement, allowing contractor GAC to begin work on both projects.

The water line replacement on the north side of town was carved out of the first phase – finished last summer on the south side of town – in order to seek and secure Community Development Block Grant funding, reducing the city’s debt package from the State Revolving Fund.

The sidewalk project, funded by the USDA, was also approved and it was decided that the two projects should be completed simultaneously as they overlap.

However, coordinating approvals from the CDBG and USDA offices proved a challenge, particularly after the federal government shut down last year.

Compounding the delays was coordinating the final scope of the two projects, which had to be value-engineered after bids came in higher than available grant dollars, requiring another round of approvals.

A project once expected to be completed by fall 2013, then pushed back to a tentative start date of November, will begin Feb. 17.

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