County approves new Tonto Creek Bridge contract

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The long-awaited Tonto Creek Bridge project continues to move forward, but it promises to be several months before the project is advertised for bids.

In their November 16 meeting, the Gila County Board of Supervisors approved a $175,013 contract with consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates to provide post-design services and contract administration for the bridge project. The contract will be paid through the county’s transportation excise tax fund.

The Tonto Creek Bridge project is currently awaiting a biological opinion from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; once this is received, Kimley-Horn will prepare final plans, specifications and an estimate. Following that, final permits and approvals will come from the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Administration and Secretary of Transportation’s Office. All of this is expected to take several months, after which the Arizona Department of Transportation will advertise the project. ADOT is assisting Gila County with the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete the bridge.

Under the newly approved contract, Kimley-Horn will provide contract and subcontract administration during construction, which includes preparing and submitting monthly post-design services and general coordination with the county and ADOT. The firm will also submit final as-built and final record drawings plans, take part in construction meetings, and review and respond to requests for submittals and shop drawings. Kimley-Horn will also engage a subcontractor, Wood Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions, to review geotechnical submittals.

The board also approved signing the One Arizona Distribution of Opioid Settlement Funds Agreement, as well as authorizing Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp to sign pending settlement agreements with opioid distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. One Arizona is a proposed binding agreement outlining how settlement funds will be distributed throughout the state. To participate in One Arizona and the two settlements, counties, cities and towns must sign all three documents. The total amount of money Arizonans receive depends on how many local governments join in. If enough subdivisions participate in the settlement agreements, then both settlements will be finalized.

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