$565K Project To Stabilize Gully Threatening Local Neighborhood

May 13, 2019

Escambia County is expected to award a contract this week to stabilize a gully that is threatening homes and property in local neighborhood.

The project for Motley Court Clear Creek Gully, which begins at the end of Motley Court north of East 10 Mile Road, will be awarded to low-bidder Chavers Construction for $565,228.78. A grant will fund 75% of the project, while Escambia County will provided a 25% match from Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds.

The drainage way is located within a 30-foot right of way starting at the north end of Motley Court and extending about 1,700 feet to Clear Creek. An open ditch has eroded into a meandering gully, ranging from 10 to 40 feet wide, 3-20 feet deep and extending to University of West Florida property.

At one location along the gully an almost vertical slope has been identified adjacent to a property owner’s privacy fence on Crooked Oak Drive. Should this gully be left unattended, Escambia County officials said damage to private properties, homes and and continued degradation of eroded sediment in Clear Creek is eminent.

Six bids  on the project were received by the county, and Chavers Construction was deemed the lowest responsive bidder. Other bids ranged from $574,657 from Site and Utility, LLC, to $940,000 from Roads, Inc.

Last year, Escambia County awarded a $75,265 contract to HDR Engineering, Inc. for design services for the project.


One Response to “$565K Project To Stabilize Gully Threatening Local Neighborhood”

  1. 429SCJ on May 13th, 2019 7:04 am

    Forty five years ago, this was all forest and dirt bike trails.

    We would ride from Cottage Hill, to Gulf Power clay pits, then back through the woods to Molino Crossroads. I tried to retrace this back in 2003 and was amazed at the amount of residential and commercial growth, that had occurred over thirty years.

    I am sure that the homeowners and their insurance companies will be greatly relieved to see the gully’s advance halted.

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