KNIGHTDALE — Phase One of the Mingo Creek Greenway project may have been completed on the expected timeline, but the first phase of the two-part project wasn’t completed within its original budget.
The town set aside $336,000 for the first phase of the project. The city of Raleigh was responsible for contracting the construction of the project
“(Knightdale) entered into an agreement with the City of Raleigh to administer the grant and oversee the construction of the project,” James Overton, Knightdale’s finance director said.
The city of Raleigh completes construction projects by looking for the company that says it can complete the project for the lowest price offered. The lowest bid the city of Raleigh received for Phase One of the Mingo Creek greenway was $416,000, which was slightly higher than Knightdale was expecting, Overton said.
In addition to higher-than-anticipated construction costs, a grant allocation was lower than the town was expecting.
In 2010, the town applied for a $250,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program to help with the cost of the greenway project.
The grant came back for only $234,804.
The grant program gave money to projects that would make transportation systems more efficient while also being environmentally friendly and helping residents gain access to jobs and other services.
The same year, the FHA funded 106 projects in 34 states with a total of about $54 million. In North Carolina, the grant program funded five projects worth about $1.8 million.
There was one other greenway project granted funds that year – a project in Wilmington that received $229,674.
So far, the second phase of the project is looking like it will come in under budget, Overton said, which means the whole project will still probably be within budget.
The city of Raleigh is not involved with the construction of the second phase. Knightdale is handling all aspects of the planning, design and construction.
Right now, Overton said the town has spent about $2.2. million of the $3.4 million budget for Phase Two of the greenway and the contracts for the work came in lower than expected.
The 2-mile greenway connects Knightdale Station Park to the Neuse River Greenway with a pedestrian bridge near Anderson Point Park.
The entire Mingo Creek greenway is expected to open in early spring 2014.
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