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Bids on table for road widening

July 24, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Construction to widen Eastern Boulevard between Conrad Court and Jefferson Boulevard could begin by early September, Assistant City Engineer Jim Bender said Monday.

The Hagerstown City Council is scheduled during its work session this afternoon to discuss bid proposals from four contractors, he said.

According to city documents, Craig Paving Inc. submitted the lowest base bid for about $3.58 million. Other base bids were placed by Valley Quarries Inc., $3.74 million; L.W. Wolfe, $4.48 million; and C. William Hetzer, $4.9 million, the documents said.

The original estimate was about $5.5 million.

Bender said the council won't officially choose a contractor until its July 31 voting session. He said when that happens, the contractor would need about a month to fill out preliminary paperwork and start around Sept. 1.

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Bender said the project should take about a year to complete, depending on weather.

The road needs to be widened to four lanes - two in each direction - to accommodate increased traffic flow that wasn't projected to reach its current level until 2020, he said.

"The existing road (is about 20 years old and) shows signs of distress," Bender said.

The contractor will tear out the entire roadway and replace it with a new one, he said.

One lane will be open in both directions during the construction so traffic can get through, Bender said.

The city expects to collect about $1.3 million in fees from developers who build in that area to help offset the project's cost, he said.

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