ST. GEORGE – Construction of the Mall Drive Bridge, which began in February in St. George and was scheduled for completion the second week of September, is now reported to be targeted to open next Tuesday.
“There have been a few delays that have pushed the opening to Sept. 30,” said Mike Smith, the City of St. George project manager. He went on to say:
They have a very busy week to prep for opening next week. More asphalt being placed today, traffic signal installation, painting on the bridge, general cleanup, etc.
After city crews paint striping on the roads on Monday – weather permitting – Smith said they should be ready to open the road Sept. 30 or Oct. 1.
The project is expected to relieve traffic congestion on both River Road in St. George and Washington Fields Drive in Washington City by comprising a road system that will connect Mall Drive on the north to 3000 East on the south.
There are currently no vehicle traffic detours as the bridge construction is isolated from any existing roads. But the trail that runs along the river is now rerouted to and along Riverside Drive past the project site and then back to the permanent trail.
Originally, the city was looking at costs ranging from $15 million to $20 million to complete the project, St. George Public Works Director Larry Bulloch said. But, over time, the city was able to redesign it to its current project cost estimate of just below $10 million.
The contractor for the bridge is Wadsworth Brothers Construction whose bid unanimously prevailed upon the St. George City Council on Dec. 19, 2013. That bid was for $7.5 million, Bulloch said.
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