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Washington County Commissioners briefs

December 15, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com

Commissioners award bid for road project

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award a roughly $3.7 million contract to L. W. Wolfe Enterprises, Inc., of Myersville, Md., for a road project at the intersection of Halfway and Massey boulevards.

That bid was the lowest of six submitted for the project, Public Works Deputy Director Robert Slocum said. The project includes widening, paving, drainage improvements, utility adjustments, traffic signal upgrades and other improvements. It is expected to take about 9 1/2 months, with work beginning around Feb. 7.

The contract cost was based on right of way the county has already acquired. If other acquisitions come through, the construction cost will increase to about $3.9 million, Slocum said. The bid award was contingent upon State Highway Administration concurrence. L.W. Wolfe Enterprises’ bid, using the right of way already acquired, was $3,746,019.87.

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The other bids were:

  • $3,763,963.75, C. William Hetzer
  • $3,872,254.42, Valley Quarries Inc.
  • $4,027,805.43, Concrete General
  • $4,072,270.95, Kinsley Construction Inc.
  • $5,078,713.00, Pessoa Construction Co.


County contributes funds to lobbying coalition

The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a $10,000 contribution to the Washington County Community Lobbying Coalition to promote local interests in the Maryland General Assembly in 2011. Projects that the coalition would like to encourage include an Eastern Boulevard improvement project, Keep Tryst Road/Route 340 traffic bottleneck improvements, an economic development infrastructure master plan, a Mount Aetna farm concept plan, a USM-H development plan and a commercial foreclosure database, said Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Commissioners' President Terry Baker voted against the contribution, citing his previous stand on the issue and constituents' wishes. Funding will come from the county's contingency fund. 

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