BRISTOL - The City of Bristol is aiming to begin construction in early October of a road that will run through Centre Square and connect Riverside Avenue and Laurel Street.
A site plan is also being worked on for the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center.
Executive Director of the Bristol Development Authority Justin Malley explained that Milone & MacBroom of Cheshire has engineers working on the road that any entities that find their way to Centre Square will use.
“They will layout the plan for the roadway, and then the construction documents have to be approved by the city. And then there will be a bid for construction companies for the initial roadway through the site,” Malley said.
Bristol Public Works Director Walter Veselka explained the roadway construction that is currently under design by Milone & MacBroom will go to bid in the middle of August. He added that the bid will close Sept. 5, but the plan could also possibly change.
“When the bids are made, then the project goes to City Council to be awarded,” said Veselka. “We hope the road is under construction in October, but work won’t begin until the site plan is approved. Work should be done through winter and finish in the spring. The funding is in place, so when the design is acceptable then it can go out for bid.”
As the site plan for the roadway is being finalized before it is approved, the site plan for the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center in downtown is in the same situation.
“Rendina had preliminary meetings with the city planner and are in the city planning process,” Veselka said. “The hospital construction and roadway can be done at the same time.”
Malley explained that Rendina Healthcare Real Estate, the hospital developer based in Florida, has signed the contract and are working on the site plan with the city planner “based on what they showed up in the renderings, then they can get engineers and architects involved.”
“They started the site plan for approval, and it’s set to be approved by the end of the month,” said Director of Public Relations at Bristol Hospital Chris Boyle.
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