Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The final phase of construction for The Crossings of Spring Hill, which would result in the Crossings Circle North Bridge, was discussed at the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday night.
The Crossings of Spring Hill is considered by many to be the heart of the city’s business, with restaurants, home decor and clothing stores, providing a one-stop shop solution for most of their needs.
The largest issue with the shopping center? Most residents would say, and have said on social media, is its accessibility. The only entrance and exit to the shopping center is Crossings Boulevard, a 250-foot street that turns into a roundabout, often causing traffic congestion. The new bridge would bring a second entrance and exit.
Considered a high priority for the city for years, the final piece of the puzzle will see a bridge constructed by the Olive Garden, connecting The Crossings to the already constructed road across Stephen P. Yokich Parkway, which intersects with Main Street next to the McDonald’s.
Of the multiple bids on the project, the lowest costing bid came from Summers Taylor Inc., a construction contractor based in Northeast Tennessee with more than 80 years of experience. Summers Taylor Inc. offered a base cost of $1.87 million for the project, with additional costs dependent on which option the city decides to pursue.
Option one would just include the construction of the bridge by itself. Option two includes the construction of the bridge, as well as the installation of casing pipes and a hanger system; two necessities if the city were to connect a waterline to the bridge in the future for additional Crossings development. This second option would add an additional $38,000 to the total cost.
The third option includes all of the previously mentioned amenities, as well as the construction of the water line itself. This option would add an additional $138,624.
Alderman Amy Wurth recommended the city pursue the third option, and said that if the city were to have a waterline constructed at a later date, the cost would be significantly higher than if they were to request it during the bridge’s construction. Wurth also pointed out that while the funds for the bridge itself would come from the city’s general fund, the additional waterline construction and accessories would come from the city’s water and sewer fund, which can only be spent on water and sewer projects.
The city will vote on which option to pursue during its next voting meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at City Hall, 199 Town Center Parkway.