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Sunday, June 13, 2021

PWAC to approve budget with $1.265 million for Morse bridge embankment

The Project Wide Advisory Committee is scheduled to approve a budget with $1.265 million set aside for the Morse bridge embankment remediation project.

PWAC, which includes community development districts south of County Road 466, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Savannah Center.

The sloughing problem at the bridge has been discussed for years by PWAC members. In 2019, PWAC took a fresh look at the project and agreed last year to spend $130,000 on professional service toward a Geoweb stone reinforced slope.

The Project Wide Advisory Committee has agreed to move forward with a project at the Morse Boulevard Bridge.

PWAC’s proposed maintenance budget for 2021-2022 is $17.3 million, an increase of $3.276 million from the current year original budget due mainly to the addition of the related costs for Phase II of Community Development District 13, which includes the villages of Chitty Chatty, Bradford, Hawkins and St. Catherine. Community Development Districts 12 and 13 may not be part of future PWAC budgets if an initiative to create PWAC II is approved next year.

PWAC approved a project that will address the entire shoreline at the Morse Boulevard Bridge, rather than a slightly cheaper $1.04 million option that would only have included the west shoreline.

The work will have to take place during the dry season in the fall/winter season, said Director of Property Management Bruce Brown. The project will take about six months, he predicted. In addition to impacting traffic on the bridge, it will force the closure of Sunset Park, the golf cart accessible parking lot where Villagers frequently gather.

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