A few notes and changes about our current schedule regarding the SRTS sidewalks:
· We met with Patriot Construction and the State Highway Administration (SHA) District 3 area engineer this past week to review the schedule and upcoming actions.
We’ve learned that Patriot is still waiting on some compliance documents from their subcontractors that are required by SHA before mobilization can occur so I doubt we will see any activity this month (I apologize for being overly optimistic in my last update).
SHA also must review the project schedule. Although we specified that 150 calendar days was the maximum allowed period to complete this project, Patriot’s schedule includes a much longer schedule that builds in potential “down time” due to inclement weather conditions as well as holiday breaks. Because of this, Patriot will need to request a no-cost extension of the schedule.
· We walked the SRTS sidewalk routes with a few members of the GP Arboretum Committee and our Town arborist last weekend. Our objective was to identify trees and shrubbery that are in the way of- or very close to- the sidewalk path.
While the SRTS tree protection plan identifies the trees to work around or to transplant, there has been a lot of growth (new and old) in the past several years, and I thought it prudent that we review the plan with today’s garden terrain. We placed yellow tape around trees and shrubs not already listed in the plan in order to safeguard and/or remove them for relocation before excavation begins.
I expect to visit with homeowners whose garden elements have been identified for safe-keeping to see where they would like them replanted.
· Based on the extensive hand excavation of tree roots along the SRTS sidewalk routes, we have decided to move up Oxford in the schedule to be first since it has less hand excavation work than the other streets. The new order will now be Oxford, Clermont/Montrose, Outfall (in parallel with Montrose), and then Kenilworth.
· The taupe-colored concrete sample was poured this week. It is a 5x5 foot square located in the swimming pool parking lot. We’ve been told it will take at least 5 to 7 days to see its true color. And as we all know, rain/snow and direct sun will affect the tint. –Not to mention that what we each see is in the eye of the beholder!
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