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$1 million contract awarded for stone arch bridge rehabilitation

May 05, 2010

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award a roughly $1 million bridge rehabilitation contract to Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown.

The contract is for the rehabilitation of the stone arch bridge where Harpers Ferry Road crosses Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg.

Building Systems Inc. offered the lowest of six bids for the project, Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Slocum said. Its bid of $1,070,495 was about 20 percent lower than the engineer's estimate of $1,366,000.

The commissioners approved the contract award contingent upon the State Highway Administration's concurrence, which was recommended because the project is receiving federal aid. Federal aid will cover 80 percent of the project cost.

The project is expected to start around May 17 and continue through Dec. 2, according to a report from Slocum. Traffic will be detoured throughout the project, he said.

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Beyond the 200-calendar-day contract, the contractor will be charged $500 in damages for each additional day, the report says.

Total construction expenses, including inspection, testing and a contingency, are estimated at $1.2 million, the report says.

The other bids for the project were:

o Concrete General Inc., $1,199,110

o Espina Paving, $1,277,543.50

o A&M Concrete Corp., $1,305,970

o Dewey Jordan Inc., $1,599,015

o The Marksmen Co., $1,828,585

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