Western Lake Pedestrian Bridge

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  1. SoWal Staff

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    Get ready for major construction on Western Lake this Winter...

    Multiuse path re-alignment and Western Lake Bridge construction

    Design/Permitting complete by mid September

    Cost estimate - $1,340,000 funded by DEP grant, Walton County and TDC

    Bids due mid October

    Construction projected to begin mid November
     
  2. Matt J

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    Who's the contractor?
     
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    Bids due mid October
     
  4. 30aconcerned

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    This is great news for making the trail a safer journey through this area. Getting cyclists, joggers, walkers and especially children off the shoulder of the Western Bridge will be a relief. The County, the BCC et al are to be commended for getting funding for this project. Surely we all can put up with a little construction inconvenience for a much greater degree of safety at this crossing.
     
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    Does anybody know what the bridges will look like? More of the same ?
     
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    Whatever they look like I'm sure they will have a beautiful lake view too.
     
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    The original post said design by September.
     
  8. steel1man

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    Hope the Oyster Lake contractor is banded from bidding
     
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    I heard he will be tied up doing the Draper Lake bridge...not!
     
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    Dalton Brothers, a small time home builder.

    How they were awarded that I will never know.
    But it was obviously too much for them
     
  11. DaleDalbey

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    The contract was awarded to Dalton Brothers because a majority on the BCC decided that low bid ALWAYS wins. As I understand it, anyone who knows anything about engineering and construction warned them it was a bad idea and they needed to make sure the winning bidder was in fact capable of doing the work. They ( not Meadows) declined to take that advice hoping that a cheap bridge finished on time would be a feather in their political caps. At the same time, the disaster that it became really doesn't hurt them except for some voters on Western 30a, but not with voters throughout the county.
     
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    surely they had enough sense to put a late penalty in contract. Oh, they didn't?
     
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    County attorney determined the late penalties were not enforceable. Don't know the reasons why. Toward the end, an inspection was done and it was determined the builder did not put enough gravel down before paving. When the county told them it would have to be fixed, the builder walked. Never heard how much the county had to fork over to finish the project.
     
  14. steel1man

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    never never heard of a public works job without a bond.
    So if builder walk he lost everything.
     
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    Welcome to Walton.
     
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    I always thought such contracts were awarded to contractors who bribed the politicians who were charged with awarding the contract.
     
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    When will the Draper Lake bridge construction start? It should have been September 2nd.
     
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    Will the bridge close down completely during construction, like Draper lake bridge??
     
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    Cliff Knuer with Peble and Rish says the pedestrian bike path bridges will have lights. I complained about light pollution and he basically said too bad
     

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