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Civitan Park work to pick back up soon

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Work on the long-delayed Civitan Park greenway project in Trussville is expected to pick back up soon.

A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning at Trussville City Hall, and a notice to proceed is expected to be given to the new contractor. Trussville Mayor Gene Melton said the meeting’s purpose is for the contractor to understand everything involved and expected. Melton said the meeting will be “pretty enlightening.”

Melton said the contractor will be finishing the parking lot and landscaping around the Veterans Memorial Monument on the Civitan Park side of the Cahaba River. This work was let for bid May 30, and Walker Patton Contracting was the apparent low bidder, coming in with a bid of $388,248.22. The first phase is expected to be completed this fall.

The gazebo at Civitan Park
file photo by Ron Burkett

The Civitan Park greenway project was divided into two jobs in November 2013. The second aspect involves the rest of the site, including linking the greenway from Civitan Park to the Trussville Sports Complex along the Cahaba River. The second phase is expected to be let for bid in December.

The $1.7 million greenway project began in April 2012 and was supposed to have been completed in the fall of 2012. The project has been in the works since 1998. The project is funded with a federal grant and administered by the Alabama Department of Transportation. The city of Trussville has no supervisory authority over the contractor.

In the meantime, Melton said, an enhancement of the Cahaba River will also be taking place from the Civitan Bridge to the Cherokee Bridge. The city of Trussville in June hired North Carolina-based North State Environmental to enhance a stretch of the Cahaba River from Cherokee Drive to the Civitan Bridge. North State Environmental was awarded the project with a bid of $828,299.46.

Melton said enhancements will include flood mitigation, steps to improve the river and river banks, and planting native species that will aid in controlling flooding. Melton has said he expects the enhancements to be complete by the end of December.

Melton spent much of last year’s Memorial Day weekend at Civitan Park as crews from ALDOT worked to address the problems the Alabama Department of Environmental Management listed in a project status report. Trussville could have faced a $50,000 fine had the problems not been corrected, which they were. The Trussville City Council in May 2013 approved of paying Cahaba Disaster Recovery up to $25,000 for work it did to clear debris from the Cahaba River on Memorial Day weekend. Melton said at the time that about 768 bales of hay were purchased and spread around the river at Civitan Park. Prior to that, several Trussville residents at a May 2013 Trussville City Council meeting asked about the project’s status. One called the area surrounding the memorial a “disgrace.”

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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