Riverfront Park bids released

Published 7:24 pm Monday, November 6, 2017

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday received bids from five contractors — two of them under the project budget — to repair the 2-year-old slide problem at Riverfront Park.

Bids by Central Asphalt and Fordice Construction, both from Vicksburg, came in under the $355,690 project budget to repair the slide area and resurface the three play areas at the park, which is operated jointly by the city and Warren County and the most-used park in the city. All bids, however, were more than the $300,000 in city and county money set aside for the project.

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All five bids were taken under advisement.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said the city may look at using some of the second draw of $9 million in capital improvements bond money to make up the difference.

“This (the repairs) is imperative,” he said. “We’ll have to shift some money around. I think there’s enough in the bond to do it.”

Central Asphalt’s base bid to repair the slide was $244,605.18. Its bid to resurface the play areas, called “alternate No. 1,” was $79,742.52 for a total bid of $324,347.70. Fordice bid $239,862.40 to repair the slide, and $104,000 for resurfacing the play areas for a total of $343,862.40.

Other contractors on the project included Anderson Construction of Yazoo City, total bid, $447,607; Hemphill Construction of Florence, total bid, $419,216; and Theobald Construction of Vicksburg, $375,425.

A section of the bluff on the south end of the park began slowly sliding off the bank in April 2015, taking part of the park’s perimeter fence and walking trail, and threatening one play area, part of which sits on the slide.

The city and county boards agreed to each contribute $150,000 to the project, but work was delayed while the city and county acquired the money to fix the repairs and waited for the Mississippi River level to drop so the repairs could be made.

To fix the slide, a contractor will have to excavate topsoil along the top bank of the river — a project that will require removing some playground equipment to provide enough room to make the repairs, which involves dirt work and rehabilitating underground drain pipes that were part of the cause of the slide.

The city in September recommended the park’s play areas be resurfaced with a new padded artificial turf surface after the erosion repair was completed. The cost of surfacing the areas was put at $45,000.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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