Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Arlington Picks Donohoe To Build Long Bridge Park

Donohoe Construction beat out three other bidders for the construction contract for Arlington County's Long Bridge Park. The Park borders the Potomac River, Crystal City, I-395, the Pentagon, Roaches Run Wildfowl Sanctuary and Reagan National Airport. With a low bid of $23.7 million, Donohoe was awarded the contract by Arlington earlier this month, with adjusted costs bringing the award to $26 million for work on the 46-acre property. The improvement will include lighted athletic fields, more than a mile of walking trails, a public river overlook, and new "rain garden" among other amenities. County documents indicate work will start by early 2010 with a completion date set for summer of 2011.

The first phase of development will include three full size, lighted athletic fields, trails, Esplanade (a broad, half-mile long, raised walkway), overlook, picnic areas, restrooms, and on-site parking for 180 vehicles. Additionally, the county will begin improvements to Old Jefferson Davis Highway, which will change from being a simple two-lane road to include up to 100 spaces of on-street parking, painted bike lanes and, of course, fewer potholes. Environmental remediation efforts center on removing lead from the formerly industrial property.

The County will fund Donohoe's contract almost entirely through the available $23 million in 2004 Park Bond funds. The bond funds will be paired with $2 million from a partnership with Marymount University, which will have rights to 500 hours of use for the new park and fields. With the additional planned phases, the entire project is expected to cost roughly $90 million.

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