The Board, by Resolution No. 97-3 04, authorized execution of a Professional
Services Agreement with Imbsen and Associates in an amount not to exceed
$226,316 for the design and preparation of plans, specifications and bidding
documents for a public safety railing located between the sidewalk and the
roadway on the east and west sides of the Bridge. Engineering services are
approximately 90% complete. On August 30, 1999, the District was notified
that the State Historic Preservation Office had approved the project and
that the Federal Highway Administration had issued a Categorical Exclusion
Determination for the project. On October 19, 1999, staff presented the
project to the BCDC Design Review Board. Staff and the consultant are
presently working on responding to issues concerning the height of the
railing and the placement of the railing in relation to the edge of the
roadway raised by the BCDC Review Board. It is anticipated that these issues
will be resolved with BCDC in the next few months and that the project will
be ready to advertise for bids in May of this year. Funding in the amount of
$2,520,000 (18% Federal! 82% District) is included in the Fiscal Year
1999/2000 Bridge Division Capital Budget. The District is working closely
with Senator Burton to seek a state appropriation to cover the District
share of the project cost.
Movable Median Barrier: The
Board, by Resolution No. 99-175, authorized execution of a Professional
Services Agreement in the amount of $35,000 with Parsons Brinckerhoff for a
feasibility study of the approved concept for a movable median barrier
consisting of four issues:
· Develop movable barrier end treatment and anchorage, including a cushioning system
at the Toll Plaza.
· Evaluate transfer vehicle storage requirement at the north end of the Bridge.
· Evaluate lane markings on the Bridge.
· Develop emergency response procedure for accidents or incidents that require emergency response across the barrier.
Issues pertaining to indemnification and insurance requirements have been resolved with Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the Professional Services Agreement was executed on February 18, 2000. The District Engineer has scheduled a project meeting with Parsons Brinckerhoff and Barrier Systems Inc. to start the project It is anticipated that this phase of the project will require approximately four months. The Board has also directed the District Engineer to evaluate two additional issues: the impact of narrow lanes adjacent to the baffler on traffic operations and the impact of an accident on the Bridge with the baffler in place on traffic operations. These items will be evaluated utilizing the results developed in the first phase study. Board authorization to augment the initial study’s scope of work will be requested to study the additional items when sufficient data has been developed in the first phase. There is currently no funding available for construction of this project.
Gate Bridge Suicide Deterrent:
Page Break on the reality of the District's Lack of Common
Fiscal Impact:There are fiscal impacts relative to this status report.
This report was giving by Mervin C. Giacomini, P.E. District
Engineer of the GGB,H&TD to the Bridge Board of Directors.
|Comment: Because the Bridge District has other Agenda item's more important than Public Safety. The Bridge District Boards main objective is in the business of building a District County Owned Transportation Empire, which excluded public safety at this present time.|