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Stockbridge approves $138,000 bid for streetscaping project

Representatives of Falcon Design Consultants hosted a public bid opening at Stockbridge City Hall for the South Berry Streetscape project. The initiative calls for grading, cold milling, asphalt paving, traffic striping, storm drainage improvements, curb and gutters, 900 feet of sidewalks and decorative street lighting along South Berry Street. (Special Photo)

Representatives of Falcon Design Consultants hosted a public bid opening at Stockbridge City Hall for the South Berry Streetscape project. The initiative calls for grading, cold milling, asphalt paving, traffic striping, storm drainage improvements, curb and gutters, 900 feet of sidewalks and decorative street lighting along South Berry Street. (Special Photo)

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Georgia Development Partners installed a knee wall along North Berry Street last week in conjunction with the city of Stockbridge’s effort to reconstruct and improve the sidewalks, roadway, utilities, and visitor amenities of the city’s downtown corridor. (Special Photo)

STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge City Council approved a bid from Glosson Enterprises for almost $138,000 to move forward with its South Berry Street streetscaping project.

Plans call for grading, asphalt paving, traffic striping, storm drainage improvements, curb and gutters, 900 feet of sidewalks, and decorative street lighting along South Berry Street from Nolan Street south to Wilson Street.

The shovel-ready project has an estimated price tag of nearly $261,000 and will connect to the $1.2 million streetscape project currently underway on North Berry Street — from Nolan to Love streets.

A $100,000 federal Community Development Block Grant will help pay for some of the project, with the balance to be paid from the city’s general fund.

“Basically, (people can) come out of the neighborhood, come down railroad street, come down south berry street, and go all the way down to the Merle Manders Center, City Hall and all that and never leave sidewalks,” City Manager David Milliron said Monday night.

Representatives of Falcon Design Consultants hosted a public bid opening at Stockbridge City Hall for the South Berry Streetscape project following the city’s work session. The bid process was open from Aug. 6 to Aug.12.

Information regarding other bidders and estimated costs are not on the city’s website.

The city hired Falcon to manage the design, bidding and construction management for the project.

Georgia Development Partners also installed a knee wall along North Berry Street in conjunction with the city’s effort to reconstruct and improve the sidewalks, roadway, utilities and visitor amenities along the downtown corridor.

Milliron told the board he had an emotional attachment to the project since he first took a tour of the city and noticed people trudging along heavily commuted streets without a sidewalk.

“For years, as Councilman (Alphonso) Thomas can attest to and others, this is a project that has been a great need for public safety and beautification,” Mayor Mark Alarcon said.

The city also continues construction along the North Berry Street corridor, which is expected to be completed this fall.

The North Berry Street project will extend from Nolan Street to Love Street and city officials say it will greatly improve the look, feel and accessibility of downtown Stockbridge.

The city also received $800,000 in federally-funded Transportation Enhancement (TE) program funds to assist with the project.