County to award design bid on Radium project

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Administrator has recommended that the County Commission award a $70,000 bid to the engineering firm MACTEC to draw up the specs and complete the engineering for the second phase of the Radium Springs Gardens project.

MACTEC was awarded the initial engineering and design contract on phase one, which is now been constructed and is open to the public.

If awarded, the $74,000 contract will allow MACTEC to proceed with the initial stages of the new development, Crowdis said.

The project will use funds collected from the passage of SPLOST V to complete the gardens. Phase I of the project rehabilitated the site of the former Radium Springs Casino.

Phase II will carry the development further south towards the existing overlook where park patrons can view the waters of the spring and the creek it feeds, Crowdis said.

Plans are based on a 2004 study that was done which resulted in the development of a Radium Gardens master plan.

In terms of construction, $1.4 million of the total budgeted amount for both phases is left to complete phase II, Crowdis said.

Initial plans call for revamped parking, more scenic editions, walkways and sidewalks and other additions.