Alton weighs plans for Riverview Drive


ALTON – City officials are reviewing Qualification Requests (RFQ) for potential design-build firms for the Riverview Drive Reconstruction project.

This tender relates to the Phase 1 works which will stabilize and reconstruct the failed embankment and place infill and a retaining wall beneath the roadway. Once Phase 1 is awarded, Phase 2 works will be tendered to general contractors for the roadway, sidewalks, parapet wall, storm sewers and grading.

From the RFQ submissions, a shortlist of qualified firms will be selected to prepare repair work proposals. The proposals, due May 6, will include design, schedule and cost projections for the project.

After discussions with the shortlisted companies and an evaluation of the proposals by the design team, city officials plan to select a preferred company by mid to late May. A recommendation on whether to proceed is expected to be presented at the first city council meeting in June.

In May 2019, city officials began monitoring the retaining wall and sidewalk on Riverview Drive west of Riverview Park in Alton after cracks were discovered following heavy rainfall. In August 2019, part of the cliff at Riverview Park eroded, prompting officials to close Riverview Drive to ensure public safety.

Alton is currently working with his fifth Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) project coordinator for the work.

The lengthy preparation time for the project has disappointed Alton Mayor David Goins. In July, Goins informed residents that “the city is completely behind the repair of the retaining wall at Riverview Drive pending completion and the successful repair and restoration of Riverview Drive.”

In February, Alton director of public works Mike Parsons said Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc. was finalizing the documents so the city could award the works to competitive bids.

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