New London project enters design phase
Committee approves contract for river wall
By John Faucher
The New London Board of Public Works Committee unanimously approved Monday, Aug. 3, contracting with MSA Professional Services for the design and engineering work on the downtown river wall.
MSA completed a study and assessment of the river wall needs and submitted it in January.
The findings from the study will be used as the basis for work in the design phase of the project.
The committee approved MSA’s contract for engineer services for $36,300.
Public Works Director Jeff Bodoh told the committee he would like to start the river wall project next summer.
“If the weather and river height does not allow for completion in 2016, it can be completed in 2017,” said Bodoh.
City Administrator Kent Hager said that once the design and engineering phase of the project are done, the city would likely contract with MSA to complete the bid specifications for the project.
Sections of work indentified in the River Wall Rehabilitation Study include wall replacement from sections 15+50 to 16+00, wall replacement from sections 18+34 to 18+44, and riprap armor at the base of the wall, joint repair, and storm sewer outfall rehabilitation at station 9+80.
Additionally the work will include consideration for wall anchorage for a future floating dock system. The effort does not include the design of a dock system but only the wall anchors, if the city decides in the future to attach a floating dock system to the river wall.