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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.  

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