Where Your Money Goes...
- Cascade Road Bridge Replacement
- New Police Vehicles
- Tennis Center Renovations
- Outdoor Fitness Equipment
Project Status: Complete (June 18, 2021)
Recent work has included the milling and construction of the first-grade roadway. As part of that work, crews completed rough grading that allowed for the installation of storm drain pipes, remaining drainage structures, telecommunication conduits, and water lines. Heavy gravel was placed along the side of the road to protect stream banks, as well as the culvert, supporting walls, and drainage structures.
Activities underway now and planned in coming days include installation of water lines (including testing); compaction and rolling of the roadway; guardrail preparation; sidewalk construction; and installation of curbs and gutters.
Final activities will include final grading, paving, striping, and installation of guardrails and landscaping.
The contractor is on schedule and completed the milling on existing road approaches to the bridge and spread out across the culvert to have another layer of roadway stabilization. All density tests performed on the filling exceeded 95-percent compaction tests. The contractor has stockpiled GAB to be spread out once the waterline work is completed by the City of Atlanta. We are working with the City of Atlanta to ensure they are on schedule as well.
We continue committed to the construction completion by the end of May, however, that does not include any unforeseen weather conditions.
Concrete compressive strength early break tests were performed on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, and revealed that 7 days after placement, the concrete had reached 4,660 psi of the required 4,000 psi 28-day compressive strength. On Friday afternoon, April 23, the contractor began the backfill operations and has continued throughout the week. In addition to the backfill operations, the approach roadway shoulders have been shaped, communication utility poles have been removed and most debris has been removed from the site. Next week’s schedule includes continued earthwork grading and utility installations (waterline and underground fiber communications).
We continue committed to the construction completion by the end of May, however, it does not include any unforeseen weather conditions.
Footing installation was completed on the morning of April 14. Pre-cast arch and wing walls were delivered to the job site on April 15. The contractor completed the installation of all pre-fab components for the culvert on April 16. The contractor is currently pouring concrete within the footing to create a monolithic footing and grout the base of the arches in place. Prior to backfilling, the concrete must reach a design strength of 4000 psi. Construction personnel will create additional test cylinders and perform early testing prior to the normal 7 day waiting period to reduce delays.
Heavier than expected rainfall in recent weeks has forced City of South Fulton officials to extend the completion date for the Cascade Road Bridge at Utoy Creek. Currently, the contractor is preparing the site for the installation of footings, which should begin next week. Construction on the actual bridge will follow with the final construction phase including paving, and the installation of sidewalks and curbs. With no further weather-related delays, the project should be completed by the end of May.
The City of South Fulton Department of Public Works has issued a change order to AM Construction to address the unforeseen underground conditions on the Cascade Road over the Branch of Utoy Creek culvert replacement project. During excavation for the installation of the bridge foundation, it was determined the existing soil was not suitable to provide the required support for the footings of the bridge structure.
In a collaborative effort, the contractor along with the geotechnical, structural, hydraulics, and civil engineers for the project, developed a solution to safely excavate 18’-20’ of unsuitable material to reach the layer of rock beneath the bridge. The extra work required for the construction of the bridge foundation includes the installation of sheet pile shoring and bracing to remove the unsuitable material and backfill with compacted stone to provide the required bearing capacity for the footing.
While originally scheduled for completion in January 2021, the contractor will have 60 days from Notice to Proceed to complete the installation of the culvert and have Cascade Road open to traffic.
New Police Vehicles Cruising The Streets to Increase Safety
PROJECT START DATE: Project Underway
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE (ESTIMATED):
Residents and business owners in the City of South Fulton are seeing a lot more gray on the streets as the police department has added 41 vehicles to support the city’s updated police beat design.
At present, the department has leased the following leased vehicles:
- 24 Dodge Chargers (patrol and unmarked)
- 13 Dodge Durango SUVs (unmarked)
- 2 Dodge transit vans (inmate transport and other uses)
- 2 Ford pickup trucks
The department expects to add another 26 Durangos this year. About half of those will be new marked patrol vehicles that will respond to resident calls. “These new vehicles improve both our visibility and proactive patrolling, which helps deter crime, and our ability to respond to calls more quickly and efficiently,” said Police Chief Keith Meadows.
Before acquiring the new vehicles, the department relied on cars received from Fulton County when the city was founded. Many of those were in poor repair, according to Meadows.
About a year ago, the department unveiled a new beat alignment developed with Georgia Tech. The new design – the first update since 1971 – increases the number of beats from seven to 18, putting more officers on the street and concentrating manpower in higher-crime areas.
“The new police vehicles will impact our beat realignment directly by allowing us to better patrol the additional new beats,” Meadows said. “This will cut response times and give officers more time to get out and interact with community members.”
By leasing the vehicles instead of buying them, the department is able to spread payments over four years versus having to pay a large lump sum. The lease agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management also includes subsidized costs for maintenance checks of the vehicles and replacement of vehicles if damaged beyond repair.
On the green front, the new vehicles are more efficient, cut fuel costs, and limit the environmental impact.
City Serving Up A World-Class Tennis Center
PROJECT START DATE: Project Underway
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE (ESTIMATED): August 2021
PROJECT COST (ESTIMATED): $557,0000
updated June 22
The renovation of the South Fulton Center is about halfway complete with former courts and equipment removed and grading work underway for the new playing surfaces. Construction is planned to wrap up in the spring and the courts will be ready for use by the summer.
“Those plans are contingent upon the weather and any other delays,” said Tony Phillips, the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Director. “We are excited about the tremendous boost the renovated tennis center will create for the city and its residents.”
With the new courts, the city seeks to attract more professional, collegiate, area-wide tournaments and provide residents with a world-class facility. The project includes replacing 20 hard and four clay courts. The project, which will cost approximately $557,000, will include completely new playing surfaces, new striping, nets, poles, and other equipment.
“We want to make the tennis center a destination facility for the metro Atlanta area and beyond,” Phillips said. Phillips said the renovations will greatly boost the city’s drive to achieve certification from the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Outdoor Fitness Equipment
Project start date: Monday, February 8th
Expected Project Completion: Mid -March (weather pending)
Project Cost: $
Trammell Crowe Park – District 1 • 4980 Cascade Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331
Wilkerson Mill Park – District 4 • 8095 Wilkerson Mill Rd. Palmetto, GA 30268
Park Closures: A portion of both Wilkerson Mill Park and Trammell Crowe will be closed during the project.
Installation of fitness equipment and sidewalk repairs
Wilkerson Mill Park
The concrete pad is complete
The next step is the installation of the outdoor fitness equipment