Improvements coming for Sixth Street and Brush Drive

From the City of Apopka

An Apopka construction company is helping the city to complete important public improvements while it saving money.

Providence Construction and Development Co. submitted the lowest bids Thursday for two new road projects that will improve vehicle access and public safety in separate areas of Apopka. If awarded, the combined proposals could also save the city more than $126,000 in transportation impact fee funding while still investing back into the local business community and jobs.

The city will build more than 900 feet of East Sixth Street – an aged, broken and bumpy section of gravel drive scarred with asphalt patches – between South Christiana Avenue and U.S. Highway 441 near the Highland Manor banquet and wedding facility, which is part of the proposed City Center development. Parallel parking and sidewalks will be added. Storm water drainage will be added, and the eastern part of Sixth Street will be redirected north to create a safer intersection with U.S. Highway 441.

“This will be a major improvement for these houses along here,” said Dana Littlefield, who has lived on Sixth Street for 12 years. “Anything for safety, too – we’re good with that.”

Apopka received five bids from construction companies on Thursday – the highest estimate was more than half a million dollars. Providence submitted the lowest bid at $399,900, which is about $40,868 less than the next lowest bidder.

Brush Drive will provide for much faster emergency response times for firefighters and paramedics stationed at Fire Station #5.

The second city road project will build 820 feet of a new road – Brush Drive – on the north side of Apopka between Jason Dwelley Parkway and Rolling Hills Lane into the Rock Springs Ridge residential community. Work will include new road paving, curb and gutters, storm water drainage, a small retention pond, a sidewalk on the south side and a separate 12-foot multi-purpose trail on the north side.

For added vehicle safety, a right turn lane will be added to northbound Jason Dwelley Parkway. A left turn lane on Brush Drive will help motorists turning onto southbound Jason Dwelley.

Brush Drive will have a stop sign at Jason Dwelley on the west. To the east, it will connect with an existing intersection that was constructed years ago inside of Rock Springs Ridge. The new road will provide another transportation connection into the large community. More important, it will provide significant safety benefits.

Brush Drive will provide clear access and a sidewalk to allow children to safely walk to nearby public schools. Many children currently cut through the woods in this area.

The City of Apopka also will begin construction soon for a new fire station just south of there – at Fire House Lane and Jason Dwelley. Brush Drive will provide for much faster emergency response times – firefighters and paramedics currently must drive north of this area to enter Rock Springs Ridge.

The City of Apopka received bids from five construction companies to build Brush Drive. The highest bid was more than $600,000. Providence submitted the lowest bid of $361,985 – more than $86,000 less than the next lowest construction bid.

Providence has worked on other municipal projects in Apopka including improvements to Yothers Road and an interior road at the Northwest Recreation Complex. The Apopka company is a subcontractor for one of Garney Construction’s projects – Apopka’s new wastewater reclamation facility on Cleveland Street.

Providence owner Timothy Dennard said that ongoing construction work in the Apopka area provides him less cost to mobilize and prepare workers and equipment for new local jobs like Brush Drive and East Sixth Street. The result: lower bids, and better savings to the City of Apopka.

Brush Drive and East Sixth Street improvements are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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