Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:57

Design work is set to start on Chinook golf course bridge in Swift Current

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By Matthew Liebenberg — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Design work on a new bridge at Swift Current’s Chinook Golf Course to improve the safety situation for golfers will soon begin.

Councillors accepted a recommendation at a regular council meeting Jan. 9 to approve a $65,015 proposal by Genivar consulting engineers for design and construction services on a new bridge.
Dean Robson, City of Swift Current’s Director of Recreation and Parks told the meeting the project has been delayed due to difficulties to secure an engineering and consulting company to manage the project.
Currently, only golfers can cross the Swift Current Creek from the 13th fairway to the 13th green over a wooden, pedestrian floating bridge. This bridge can only be installed in ideal conditions and after water runoff.
“Even when safely installed, a number of pedestrian golfers will not use this bridge as it floats and moves and is often wet,” he said. “We have had some golfers slip on the bridge and hurt themselves in the past, including a broken ankle two years ago.”
Right now, carts and maintenance equipment cross the creek by doubling back towards the No. 12 tee off box.
“This had been identified as a safety hazard for players and staff that had been travelling directly towards a tee off box where golfers are driving golf balls,” Robson said.
The time it takes to travel to this other bridge crossing point also influences the speed of play and therefore impacts on revenues.
Genivar is already working with the City on other projects, including some bank stabilization work at the Chinook golf course.
Their work on the new bridge will include the preliminary and detailed design, tendering and construction supervision.
However, the cost of their work does not include the price of the bridge, estimated to be around $231,000.
If the project goes according to schedule, the bridge would be installed in time for the 2013 golf season.

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