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$80,000 in grants to provide 400 access ramps

July 28, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will use more than $80,000 in federal grants to build about 400 access ramps for people with disabilities.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted 4-0 to hire Concrete Central LLC of Hagerstown to build the ramps.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the ramps primarily would be built at curbs and alleys across the city. If everything goes as planned, the project will start in mid-August and be completed in October, he said.

The project is part of an ongoing program in the city to make it easier for people with disabilities to get around, Tissue said.

According to city documents, the city recently bid two separate contracts for the project -- one with a budget of $40,000 and the other with a budget of $60,000.

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The lowest combined bids were submitted by Concrete Central LLC of Hagerstown for $80,187.50.

Other combined bids were submitted by Arthur Construction of Sterling, Va., for $100,312.50, I-Con International Construction of Myersville, Md., for 113,950 and Henson & Son Inc. of Hagerstown for $176,831.

Money from the federal stimulus package will pay $60,000 of the project's cost, Tissue said. The remaining $20,187.50 will come from Community Development Block Grants.

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