Thursday, May 25, 2017
Text Size

Ports & Transportation

May 23 – Project DeRenne contract to be considered at Thursday’s meeting, adding amount million to ongoing cost

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

May 23, 2017 – It’s the project that many hope to live long enough to see completed, known now as ‘Project DeRenne,’ a multi-million dollar expansion and redesign of DeRenne Avenue, and a new vision for the design of retail spaces in that heavily-traveled corridor that connects thousands daily to jobs and area hospitals.

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the Aldermen will consider a motion to approve a Contract Amendment for Project DeRenne Phase III with Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. in the amount of $1,357,000.00 for Project DeRenne Phase III. This amendment will consist of the following general work tasks:

Project and discipline management

Traffic engineering update

Environmental documentation/public involvement

Design plans/preliminary field plan review completion

Rights–of–way plans preparation

Water quality/MS4 compliance.

Project DeRenne is a five-phase process to reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow, increase neighborhood connectivity, and develop long-term solutions for the revitalization of the DeRenne Avenue Corridor, one of Savannah's most heavily traveled roadways.  

Phases 1 and 2 consisted of detailed traffic analysis, public outreach and engagement, creation of evaluation criteria and transportation/land-use alternatives, and development of the preferred option and preliminary design. The current Phase 3 involves a complex environmental review process to better understand the related impacts that the preliminary design may have on all aspects of the project. Phase 4 will include finalizing the design of the selected improvements, and Phase 5 will include construction and implementation of the selected improvements.

The City is seeking federal transportation funds to complete the project, and the environmental review is a requirement of this funding process. 

In the fall of 2016, the Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) determined that the project-quantified environmental impacts went beyond an environmental assessment, and required a full Environmental Impact Statement. GDOT was notified of the City’s commitment to move forward with the environmental process, and to authorize GDOT to change the project schedule.

City Council awarded the original Project DeRenne Phase III consulting services contract to Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. on August 24, 2011, in the amount of $2,804,404.00. And, there have been three previous amendments to this agreement  -- January 9, 2015; September 17, 2015 and May 17, 2016 -- for a total of $599,330.45. Total contract cost, including Amendment 4, will now be $4,760,734.45, if approve. 

City Manager Rob Hernandez recommends approval.  

Comment (0) Hits: 179

More Articles...

  1. FEATURE: Update on Sustainability Programs, as GPA tree-planting ceremony; Sapling replaces tree lost in Hurricane Matthew
  2. Apr. 24 - SC Ports fiscal year Container Volume climbs nine percent; Port’s first 13,000 TEU vessel expected in May
  3. FEATURE: New laws passed by Congress impact New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, and Savannah Harbor Deepening projected costs
  4. Apr. 12 - Georgia Ports Authority experienced strong growth in March, strongest month in GPA’s history
  5. Feb. 27 - Port Authorities of Georgia and Virginia file an East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement
  6. Feb. 24 - Georgia Ports reports ‘busiest month ever’ with tonnage and container records set in January
  7. Feb. 22 – Jasper Ocean Terminal draft underway of Environmental Impact Statement by Army Corps of Engineers
  8. Feb. 20 - Allegiant launches nonstop seasonal service between Cleveland and Savannah
  9. Feb. 7 – Public Comment period open on Regional Planning improvement plan
  10. Feb. 6 – GPA's new developments position Savannah as U.S. Gateway Port; Another three record growth months
  11. Feb. 1 - World Trade Center Savannah presents Trade Facilitation, Trade Enforcement Act Compliance Workshop
  12. Jan. 23 - GPA achieves record, double-digit growth in December; Inland terminal breaks ground
  13. Jan. 17 - I-95 Southbound Georgia Welcome Center closed to motorists for new construction
  14. Jan. 7 – One of Georgia’s first freight forwarders, Savannah’s D. J. Powers, acquires Fred P. Gaskell Co.
  15. SBJ Special Report: The John S. James Company Celebrates its 75th Year of Operation

Page 1 of 355


Follow Us!


Komento Activities

Coastal Empire News
Headquarters: 35 Barnard St., Suite 300, Savannah, GA. 31401.
Tel: 912-388-4692 | Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.