1. When will the project be done and has the timeline changed?
PATH, which is managing construction, anticipates the trail reopening to pedestrians by May 1, 2016. This date is consistent with our original estimate. The scope of work includes transfer of overhead utilities, infrastructure improvements, and the completion of the walking trail. Project rain days have been consumed due to the amount of rain received in December.
2. Why is the project taking so long to complete?
The project timeline is long due to the 8 months required for three different utility companies (Georgia Power, Comcast and AT&T) to move wires on 39 utility poles, plus the additional time required for various City Departments to coordinate and complete all their work. Additional coordination of activities outside the original scope of work such as the new waterline and providing conduit for Google Fiber along Powers Ferry moved up the timing of the sidewalk demolition.
3. What is the current timeline? What should we expect to see on site?
Over the next three weeks the City of Atlanta Water Department, AT&T Residential, and the Lewallen Construction will be on site finalizing the water line replacement, utility relocation and granite wall repair. Once the Water Department and AT&T Residential are finished with their scope of work, Lewallen Construction will take over the site to finalize the old utility pole removal and build the new sidewalk expansion. This part of the construction process is expected to take us through the end of April.
4. I didn't realize the water line was going to be replaced? Why is this happening and what impact is it having on the project?
The City of Atlanta Water Department needed to replace the dated water service to the fire hydrants. This work was not initially part of the Walk Chastain scope of work and moved up the timing of the sidewalk demolition. The contractor is currently working in tandem with the City Contractor to expedite the installation of the new waterline and replacement of the wall. The waterline replacement needed to happen in the next couple of years and it was important to incorporate its replacement at this time to avoid a future sidewalk refurbish.
5. What have you done to ensure safe conditions for pedestrians and bikers during construction?