Smokehouse Bay Bridge cost estimates dropping by millions

City Manager reports bridge estimate down from as high as $15 million to now as low as $11 million

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  • Smokehouse Bay Bridge cost estimates are down $2 million to $5 million City Manager reports
  • Fishing pier and bay walk, if approved, would add more than $1 million to cost
TY-Lin’s bridge design won City Council support in October 2009 in a 5-2 vote with Vice Chairman Frank Recker and Councilman Chuck Kiester opposing the decision to enter a contract to pay up to $248,000 for engineering from TY-Lin. The firm’s estimate to replace the Smokehouse Bay Bridge was the least expensive at $7.5 million and was, according to a city survey, Marco residents’ third favorite of the five preliminary designs created by five firms.

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TY-Lin’s bridge design won City Council support in October 2009 in a 5-2 vote with Vice Chairman Frank Recker and Councilman Chuck Kiester opposing the decision to enter a contract to pay up to $248,000 for engineering from TY-Lin. The firm’s estimate to replace the Smokehouse Bay Bridge was the least expensive at $7.5 million and was, according to a city survey, Marco residents’ third favorite of the five preliminary designs created by five firms.

— Originally, the new Smokehouse Bay Bridge was estimated to cost between $12 million and $14 million. City Manager Steve Thompson said that estimate is declining by $2 million to $5 million and the final price tag will likely come into greater focus by September 2010.

Marco City Council approved spending about $250,000 for final engineering design of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge in a late September council meeting. The expense came after spending about $100,000 total for four firms to offer preliminary designs.

T.Y. Lin’s design was selected by council with an approximate price tag, at the time, of $7.5 million only to include actual construction of the bridge. The construction has not yet gone out to bid for a final estimate.

Public Works Director Rony Joel reported that the current cost estimate for the bridge construction is $7.6 million. Thompson said Tuesday morning that the city looks to save several million from earlier estimates on the overall project.

“The engineering design fees are estimated at $1.5 million, the services during construction are currently estimated at $1.3 to $1.5 million, and the current preliminary design services will total $250,000 to bring the cost for the basic bridge project to approximately $10.85 million,” Thompson reported in a Weekly Update to council and the community.

By September 2010, the design firm, T Y Lin, will develop more accurate cost estimates, Thompson said.

The two components of the original bridge program that are not included under the current design plan at this time are the fishing pier and the bay walkway, Thompson reported.

The fishing pier is estimated to cost between $100,000 and $300,000 and the bay walkway will cost between $750,000 and $1 million, he added.

View the full Weekly Update in related documents.

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