Jonathan Street work to be rebid

January 13, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will seek a new contractor to finish the road construction on Jonathan Street.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to give City Engineer Rodney Tissue permission to rebid the project, which was estimated to cost about $3.7 million.

The project includes replacing the subsurface sewer line and the reconstruction of the street, curb and sidewalk.

Tissue said construction hit a snag last year when workers discovered the sewer line under Jonathan Street was encased in a bedrock tunnel, rather than an easily accessible trench.

As a result, the city had to take over a portion of the project from the contractor, Ardent Co. of McLean, Va., to remove the rock.


"We thought it would be a routine removal," Tissue said. "It totally changed the scope of work."

Tissue said Monday that the city installed about 600 feet of water and sewer main last year, but an additional 1,300 feet still needs to be laid.

The city won't hire another contractor until the agreement with Ardent Co. is terminated, Tissue said. It was Ardent Co. that asked to be released from the project, he said.

The city should be able to find a favorable bid because several contractors are looking for work in today's sluggish economy, Tissue said.

If everything goes as planned, the project should resume in the spring and be finished at the end of the year, Tissue said.

Construction was anticipated to be finished in the summer before workers discovered problems reaching the sewer line.

Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean suggested adding to the new contract a clause that would require the developer to hire local laborers.

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