The cost to construct new sidewalks along East Grundy Street has slowly risen, though the project is still coming in under budget. The Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a $7,700 change order for the Rock Creek Greenway Sidewalk Enhancement Project, raising the total price for the project from $197,840 to $205,450. The project has $300,000 budgeted from the city’s Capital Projects Fund.

The cost of installing new sidewalks that connect the Rock Creek Greenway’s newest phase to East Grundy Street has risen by more than $7,000, according to a memo on the issue.

The Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a change order for the “sidewalk enhancement project” in the amount of $7,700, which will repair several issues discovered during the ongoing construction of the sidewalks.

This project, awarded in October to Curl Construction and Excavating, LLC out of Wartrace, originally carried a price tag of $197,840. With the $7,700 addition, the new price comes to $205,540, the memo states.

Despite the change order, the new price is still under the project’s budget of $300,000. There is still some wiggle room for any additional change orders. Funds for this project came from the city’s Capital Projects fund, according to the memo.

Several drainage issues that were “not previously recognized” were discovered while crews were working on constructing the sidewalk path along East Grundy Street, the memo states. As a result, there is a need to “enhance drainage at the Moore/Collins street intersection by constructing a box connector for drain pipes not picked up on the initial survey.” This item will cost $4,450, according to the memo.

Another issue found includes a “pre-existing drainage issue at the Eddie/Grundy street intersection” that will be corrected by “constructing a ditch to allow positive drainage,” at a cost of $2,150.

The final item recognized on the memo states the Tullahoma Public Works Department has requested that the crews working on the project add a “clean out in a run of drainage pipe on Collins Street.” This will, according to the memo, “improve the ease of maintenance” in the future. This is listed at a cost of $1,100.

The change order does not include any additional time for the project, meaning the original timeline and estimated completion still stand. According to the bid documents, which were provided to The News, the contract is for 180 days. The changer order lists Oct. 22, 2018 as the contract start, meaning the project is estimated to be completed by April 20.

Once the sidewalks are complete, the Rock Creek Greenway will officially be connected from Coffee County Lannom Memorial Library to the newest trail head near Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on West Lincoln Street.

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