Cross City Trail Project Advertised for Bids
The Creedmoor Board of Commissioners recently authorized the release of the bid proposal and construction documents for the final three phases of the city’s Cross City Trail (CCT). The first phase of the CCT sidewalk and greenway project was completed in 2013; the final three phases will connect residents on the east and west with downtown, the gymnasium and senior center, Lake Rogers Park along NC Hwy 56, and US Hwy 15.
NCDOT pre-qualified construction companies will have the opportunity to offer sealed bids to construct the project. Interested bidders are required to attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting on December 20 at 2 p.m. in the City Hall boardroom. The public bid opening is scheduled January 18, 2019 at 2 p.m., also in the City Hall boardroom. Three qualified bids must be obtained per the North Carolina General Statutes formal bidding requirements; once three qualified bids have been collected and compared, the Board of Commissioners will have the right to accept or reject the results and, with NCDOT’s concurrence, the lowest responsible and responsive bidder will be selected. For complete bid package information, please visit cityofcreedmoor.org/CCTbids.
Simultaneously, the Board has released a Request for Letters of Interest (RFLOI) from consulting firms interested in performing the construction engineering and inspection (CEI) work for this project. The CEI firm will be responsible for monitoring and inspecting all aspects of construction, as well as the handling close-out procedures, inspections, and materials sampling with NCDOT and the Federal Highway Authority.
The CCT project was originally conceived in 2009 as an application for Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funding. CMAQ funding is available to North Carolina because of its history with air quality non-conformity regarding ozone attainment; funds are intended to help reduce vehicular trips that contribute to air pollution. After the project was awarded in 2012, the city entered into a funding agreement with NCDOT for preliminary engineering, design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of a greenway and sidewalk system.
Although they were originally conceived as separate projects, while preliminary design of Phase 2 was underway NCDOT became concerned that a federal rescission would reclaim unobligated federal funds and redistribute them to other states. The city’s federal transportation advocate and planning jurisdiction, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) acted to accelerate Phases 3 & 4 in order to assign funding to local projects, and the city agreed to take on the construction of the phases simultaneously.