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Lindgren Boulevard culvert will be replaced, enlarged

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved awarding a contract for the replacement of the Lindgren Boulevard box culvert, whose condition had deteriorated to the point that a complete renovation of the structure was recommended.

According to Gates Castle, Director of the city’s Department of Public Works, the culvert — located approximately midway between Periwinkle Way and East Gulf Drive — was originally constructed in the early 1960s. Utilized for boating access to both San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the 12-foot tall and 10-foot wide opening allows excess fresh water from East Gulf Drive and the Beach Road Weir to flow to the bay.

“Repairs have been made to the culvert wing walls and the structure is approaching the end of its useful life, needing to be replaced with a new wider, deeper and — if possible — higher structure,” Castle wrote in a memorandum to City Manger Judie Zimomra.

In October 2009, the city contracted with T.Y. Lin International for engineering services related to the Lindgren Boulevard box culvert replacement. Four bids on the project were received, with Zep Construction, Inc. submitting the lowest bid, at $821,305.50.

Because only $645,000 was remaining in the city’s FY11 Capital Improvement budget for the project, and additional $200,000 was required to be transferred into that account from the city’s Transportation Fund surplus.

“One of the goals of this project was to make this higher and deeper and wider,” said Castle during Tuesday’s meeting. “And this accomplishes that.”

Councilors approved the budget transfer, 4-0.

In other business, leaders approved to budget an additional $35,000.00 in the Capital Project Fund for the MacKenzie Hall audio system replacement due to bids exceeding the budgeted amount to replace the current system. According to terms of the resolution, this amendment does not increase or decrease the FY11 budget.

An award to upgrade the City Council chambers audio system to Peerson Audio, Inc., with a contract up to $60,000, was authorized for the City Manager to execute.

Also approved was an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Sanibel, Lee County Emergency Operations Center, Lee County Port Authority, City of Fort Myers and Lee County Sheriff’s Department for the Code Red Emergency Notification System, which is a cost-sharing project. Sanibel’s portion of the project is $2,900.