During their regular meeting on July 24, 2017, the City Commission requested that staff provide monthly updates of the Price Boulevard Widening Project. The following are updates for the months of July, August, September and October 2017 for the Price Boulevard Widening Project:
1. July 26, 2017: Department of Public Works staff met with representatives from Charlotte Engineering & Surveying, Inc. to discuss the following City Commission directives provided to staff during their regular meeting on July 24, 2017:
A. Immediate design and implementation for the following additional amenities on Price Boulevard between Biscayne Drive and Toledo Blade Boulevard with a breakout of pricing from Biscayne Drive to Sumter Boulevard and from Sumter Boulevard to Toledo Blade Boulevard and to include the three intersections of Cranberry Boulevard, Salford Boulevard and Chamberlain Boulevard:
- Construction of right-hand turn lanes.
- Go further with resurfacing project.
- Improve and/or replace the traffic signals as well any other improvements necessary to help the traffic along Price Boulevard.
- Provide monthly updates on the Price Boulevard Widening Project
B. On Price Boulevard between Sumter Boulevard and Toledo Blade Boulevard bring back a design and long-term plan to address 5 lanes without medians, expansive sidewalks and bike lanes, using the 2009 Study as guidance.
C. Hire a Speed Study Consultant to prepare a Speed Study on Price Boulevard between Biscayne Drive and Toledo Blade Boulevard through the entire length of the City of North Port, through to Orlando Boulevard.
2. July 28, 2017: Public Works staff met with representatives from Ajax Paving of Florida to discuss cost estimates for repaving Price Boulevard between Sumter Boulevard to Toledo Blade Boulevard.
1. August 1, 2017: Public Works staff met with representatives of the Department of Finance to discuss the City Commission's directives of July 24, 2017.
2. August 3, 2017: Public Works staff met to develop a resurfacing plan for Price Boulevard between Sumter Boulevard and Toledo Blade Boulevard. Staff also inspected the pavement condition of various segments of the roadway that are to be resurfaced in the interim and estimated quantities. Resurfacing will address the substantial deterioration of the pavement extending the useful life for another two to three years until Price Boulevard is widened.
3. August 18, 2017: Department of Public Works staff met with representatives from Charlotte Engineering & Surveying, Inc. and completed the following tasks:
A. Discussed the progress of the City Commission's directives.
B. Critique the following: 1) Efficiencies to street lighting i.e. Light-Emitting Diode (LED); 2) Review Development Order for the Dollar General right-turn lane on Price Boulevard and 3) Inspect right-turn lane into the Circle-K property on Price Boulevard.
C. A site inspection was performed to investigate the following:
- Impacts to existing conditions and proposed improvements;
- Critique replacement of the existing strain pole/span wire traffic signal assemblies with pole/mast arm traffic signal assemblies to be located so as to remain when the road widening is constructed at the Salford Boulevard, Cranberry Boulevard and Chamberlain Boulevard intersections and
- Ascertain if the right-hand turn lanes on Price Boulevard at the signalized intersections will conflict with the current traffic signal assemblies and if constructing the new pole and mast arm assemblies planned for the road widening now (before the road widening) will create problems when the road is widened.
Staff included the roadway segments and quantities for resurfacing Price Boulevard between Sumter Boulevard and Toledo Blade Boulevard in the bid documents for Phase 2017 of the Road Bond Paving Project. Note: Excludes the Salford Boulevard, Cranberry Boulevard and Chamberlain Boulevard intersections which were previously resurfaced when the intersections were improved.
Charlotte Engineering & Surveying, Inc. determined that the locations of the existing traffic signal assemblies at the intersections of Cranberry Boulevard, Salford Boulevard and Chamberlain Boulevard would prohibit the construction of the right-turn lanes. As such, Public Works staff has incorporated the replacement of the existing traffic signal assemblies with new pole and mast arm assemblies into the project for the construction of right-hand turn lanes and resurfacing of Price Boulevard rather than wait until construction of the Price Boulevard Widening Project is initiated.
October 4, 2017 and October 11, 2017: Meetings were held with Public Works staff and representatives of Charlotte Engineering & Surveying, Inc. to discuss the progress of the City Commission directives.
Staff is reviewing the scope and fee from Charlotte Engineering & Surveying Inc. for inclusion in Amendment #2 to Agreement 2015-19 for the following:
- Design and preparation of construction plans, specifications and construction cost estimate for additional items including Speed Study pursuant to the City Commission directives.