Council approves $80,000 price hike
New London trail project needs change order
By Robert Cloud
Supply chain issues have added more than $80,400 to New London’s portion of the Newton Blackmour State Trail project.
The City Council approved a change order on the project when it met Tuesday, Nov. 15.
In a memo to the New London Parks and Recreation Committee, City Administrator Chad Hoerth said the change order was needed for the retaining wall that will be used under the U.S. Highway 45 bridge and off ramp.
“The original bid specifications called for a specific retaining wall block that was structurally engineered and approved by Wis DOT to be used around the bridge abutments,” Hoerth said in his memo. “Unfortunately, this particular block is not available on the market.”
Hoerth noted that the engineer and contractor looked at alternatives, but similar size options were not feasible as the warranty for those types of block required using more blocks d and longer “tie backs” that required more clearance than allowed by the close proximity of the bridge abutments.
An alternative block called Redi-Rock would fit the project’s design and not require tie-backs.
Hoerth said the original bid for the project was $769,827.
A Community Block Development Grant is providing about $866,000 for the project.
“Fortunately, we do have remaining grant funds that can absorb this change order,” Hoerth said.
The 22-mile-long trail follows a former rail corridor from New London to Seymour in Outagamie County.