Greer rebidding downtown streetscape project

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Greer Station streetscaping. Rendering by Kimlee Horn.

Greer is rebidding its Greer Station streetscape after the lone bid came in millions of dollars more than what the city had estimated the project would cost.

Sossamon Construction Co. of Gaffney submitted the only bid for the project earlier this month, but its price of $11,757,837.95 exceeded the city’s $7 million budget.

New bids will be opened Dec. 12.

Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said the project remains on schedule for a June 30, 2020, completion.

The centerpiece of the project is the transformation of Trade Street. Gone will be the curb and gutters. So will the traditional sidewalks, landscaping, and benches. In its place will be one continuous surface made up of different-colored pavers that designate areas for vehicle traffic and parking, as well as for pedestrian traffic. When Trade Street is closed for an event, it will all become one large pedestrian area through a shared street design more commonly found in Europe.

In addition to Trade Street, the project comprises the area between Main, Poinsett, and Randall streets, including Victoria, School, and Depot streets.

The Greenville County Legislative Delegation Transportation Committee and the city worked on value-engineering options in an effort to reduce the cost of construction.

“We have an obligation to our community to be conscious of the overall budget while delivering the quality promised in this project,” Driggers said. “Greer City Council mandated that this work be done with no millage or business license increase, and we will honor that commitment.

Rebidding the project should not cause any construction delays, as work wasn’t scheduled to begin until January after the Christmas shopping season.

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