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Washington County will be replacing a playground on Maintenance Hill Road in Mingo Creek County Park, making it accessible to people in wheelchairs and with a feature for the autistic, too. “It’s som ......
|Description||Washington County will be replacing a playground on Maintenance Hill Road in Mingo Creek County Park, making it accessible to people in wheelchairs and with a feature for the autistic, too. “It’s something we need, and I think it will be well-received,” said Lisa Cessna, executive director of the Washington County Planning Commission, which oversees parks. “We’ll get that ordered now for construction in the spring.” The playground equipment costing $356,687 will be purchased through a state contract and paid for from the proceeds of oil and natural gas extracted from beneath the park. The centerpiece will be a replica pirate ship surrounded by blue rubber to mimic the sea. While not exclusively for those with disabilities, the play area will have ramps instead of stairs. While a rock-climbing wall will remain, a geodesic dome will not. There will still be a swing set, but a “mommy and me” swing will be added. A playground spinner known as a merry-go-round will be close enough to ground level that a wheelchair can roll onto it. “This is designed for people of all abilities, not just disabilities,” Cessna said, a feature that’s not part of playground equipment manufactured many years ago. There will also be a refuge –known as a “Cozy Cocoon” – for those with autism spectrum disorder who may prefer to escape the hubbub of a busy playground. In a related matter, the commissioners voted to enter into an agreement with the Student Conservation Association for a program through the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corp. and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to have a group complete trail work in Mingo park at a cost of $2,000, also to be paid from the park’s natural gas lease. The board also accepted the donation of two used Honda all-terrain “quad” vehicles from EQT Corp., Pittsburgh, to be used by the sheriff’s department in performing security duties at the parks.|
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We present to you our visitors the most important and latest news in the article: Trade Representation: Zambia bids for the construction and maintenance of roads worth 240 million dollars, Tuesday, J ......
|Description||We present to you our visitors the most important and latest news in the article: Trade Representation: Zambia bids for the construction and maintenance of roads worth 240 million dollars, Tuesday, July 16, 2019 03:51 PM The Egyptian Trade Representation Office in Zambia succeeded in providing investment opportunities for Egyptian companies in the field of road development and rehabilitation through two tenders proposed by the Zambian Roads Development Agency for the design, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of 14 roads in the province of Leopola, The total length of the targeted roads is about 391 kilometers, with an estimated estimated value of about 240 million dollars. The Egyptian Commercial Representation Office in the Zambian capital of Lusaka obtained the tender booklets for the tenders . This comes within the framework of the efforts of the Egyptian Trade Representative to provide investment opportunities for Egyptian companies as well as to support the participation of Egyptian companies in international tenders of a developmental nature, especially in the African continent. The head of the commercial office in Lusaka said that the implementation of the projects proposed in February 2020 is expected to be completed in 2025. The contract period for these two projects is five years. During the first two years, the contracting companies will prepare a detailed design for all works. Rehabilitation and improvement required to increase the efficiency of 14 roads to the required level of service, rehabilitate the 14 roads with a width of 5.5 meters, replace 600 mm drainage pipes with 900 mm drainage pipes, carry out improvements in the targeted road sections and maintain or replace the main crossings of the Zambezi River according to Hajj And the establishment of community infrastructure such as storage sheds, shopping kiosks, bus stops and others. Over the next three years, project operators must maintain service levels achieved on the roads at all times through periodic maintenance, including road re-routing when needed . According to the general conditions of these tenders, the deadline for submission of the Egyptian construction and construction companies to their technical and price files is October 18, 2019. Bidding will be conducted in a competitive international bidding method using the request for bids specified in the procurement regulations of the borrowers under the supervision of the World Bank . Information on these tenders can be obtained from the Export Information and Export Services Department at the Egyptian Trade Representative in Cairo .|
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Construction work is underway in Gem Lakes extension. We’ll spare you the cliches, “It’s about time,” or “Finally!” in regard to the construction work that began on Wednesday on the Huron and Moultrie ......
|Description||Construction work is underway in Gem Lakes extension. We’ll spare you the cliches, “It’s about time,” or “Finally!” in regard to the construction work that began on Wednesday on the Huron and Moultrie drives in the Gem Lakes extenion community.
It’s begun, after more than seven years of haggling, negotiating, threatening of lawsuits, bad mouthing, accusations, plus a lot of frustration, and more than your share of tears. Gem Lakes residents see construction progress. They saw road work on Wednesday and Thursday before Hurricane (and now Tropical Storm) Hermine passed through town and interrupted work on Friday.
In January, the City and Gem Lakes extension developers, Todd Gaul and Steve Kisner, hammered out an agreement to share some of the cost of the road repairs, and earlier this summer, City Council tied off the final loose end in deciding what option of repair work to use and gave staff the go ahead to proceed.
Shovels have turned.
Gem Lakes extension isn’t just getting a pair of replacement roads, they’re getting good roads. These are roads designed to last for up to 50 years, with the City’s new pavement preservation program.
Mayor Rick Osbon said he was glad to see this chapter of the Gem Lakes saga be finally put to rest.
“We are glad for the residents that this issue has finally been resolved,” Osbon said. “The take away for the City has been a review of standards and adoption of proven testing measures for future roads.”
The new roads set a precedent for the City in that future roads will fall under the standards set by what is done to Huron and Moultrie drives, specifically when it comes to pavement preservation.
In June, City Manager John Klimm called Aiken’s new roads program a “simple pavement preservation program.”
And it begins with the work being completed in Gem Lakes extension.
“The key to the success of our roads program is to do preventive maintenance on road pavement,” he said. “We don’t wait until roads break down and then resurface them. This is a totally different program. What roads will we be working in the next 5 to 10 years? We’ll be working on all of them.”
The pavement preservation method of roads maintenance will extend the life of a road’s pavement to as much as 40 years beyond its normal 25 years with no preventative maintenance.
No preventative maintenance is what allowed the Huron and Moultrie roads situations to happen in the first place.
“The lack of a roads program over the years has put the City in the position it is in, left having to scramble to avoid a roads crisis situation,” Klimm said. “Our roads are an asset and you must maintain your assets.”
So, while avoiding cliches like “It’s about time,” and “Finally!”, it’s refreshing to see a roads project through to completion, and his is one open the City and Gem Lakes extension residents will gladly mark off their list.
If any of Aiken’s long standing projects epitomized the City’s study and analysis quagmire it is Gem Lakes extension. While not its longest running project, Gem Lakes was the City’s most passionate.
Residents cried foul, citing poor construction and quality-control testing shortcuts that missed obvious drainage and poor quality practices, and left Huron and Moultrie roads full of sinkholes. Residents threatened to sue.
But all this is in the past. Behind us.
To coin one last cliche, for Gem Lakes extension and residents of Huron and Moultrie drives, “Happy days are here again.”