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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICOPEE – The Chicopee City Council has approved an appropriation of $45,000.00 to be transferred to the existing Highway Special Account for Land Takings from the Undesignated Fund Balance “Free Cash” Account per Mayor Richard J. Kos’ request. The funds are needed to finalize any land takings and easements required to meet the timeline for bidding through the Mass TIP.
Bids were received for this effort and the task will include the appraisal of 53 property easements and includes contingency. However, it does not include the potential awards to the property owners. Each appraisal will be reviewed according to MA DOT standards and guidelines and there will be an appraisal review for each report.
This decision comes as a succession to the recent Mayor’s request and City Council approval of $65,000.00 to be transferred from the Stabilization Fund to the D.P.W. Highway Special Account for the Fuller Road Design and Engineering. Said amount is to be reimbursed to the City from the Chapter 90 Funds.
As the original scope of services approached completion, a few additional items needed were required to reach 100% design. These items are required at the direction of the MassDOT.
“This $8.2 Million project will entail full reconstruction of Fuller Road from Memorial Drive to the 291 entrance ramp,” said Mayor Kos, “and will result in a vastly improved roadway in our City. The work is scheduled to commence in 2020.”
Design Revisions & Additional Services Performed to Date - $26,000
Geotechnical Borings & Exploration - $17,000
Structural Engineering - $7,000
Layout & Alteration Plans - $15,000
CHA Consulting, Inc., the engineering firm designing the project, has provided the estimate to cover these items. CHA will work with the City of Chicopee to identify specific schedules for each additional task with an estimate of four to six weeks for completion.
About CHA Consulting, Inc.
CHA Consulting, Inc. is a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm that, along with its subsidiaries, provides a wide range of technology-enhanced planning and design services to public, private and institutional clients. CHA was ranked the 33rd largest design firm in the United States in 2018 by Engineering News-Record and has an annual revenue of $278 million. With technical personnel and offices throughout the United States and Canada, CHA offers engineering, architectural, survey, construction, and other services necessary to complete projects on time and within budget. The CHA Companies include CHA Tech Services, CHA Canada, Novara GeoSolutions, American Fire and PDT Architects. For more information, please visit www.chacompanies.com.