Raleigh Street work continues

March 09, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Excavation of the route for the new 1.2-mile Raleigh Street extension in Martinsburg, W.Va., by Pro Contracting Inc. was under way Wednesday.
By Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The first two road construction contracts for the Raleigh Street extension project in Martinsburg are on track to be completed at about the same time in 2012, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

Bilco Construction Co. Inc., of South Charleston, W.Va., submitted the lowest of six bids for the second contract for the new road, bidding about $6.2 million, according to bid results posted on the state agency's website.

DOT spokesman Brent Walker said Wednesday said that a bid award meeting is scheduled for morning, but said the agency may delay awarding the project because final paperwork concerning the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program had not been received. The state generally requires written assurance from contractors who bid on large projects that at least a small percentage of the contract benefits a contractor that meets the definition of being a "disadvantaged" business, Walker said.

The DBE goal for the pending contract is 6 percent of the contract bid amount, according to the DOT.

The second contract of the 1.2-mile road between Edwin Miller Boulevard and West Race Street includes construction of two bridges — one for Tavern Road to span CSX Transportation's main rail line and another to take the Raleigh Street Extension over a rail spur that connects Winchester & Western Railroad line to the CSX line, according to Kenneth L. Clohan, area construction engineer for the state Division of Highways.

Pro Contracting Inc., which was awarded the first Raleigh Street Extension contract in June 2010, recently began clearing and grubbing a north end section of the new route near Walgreens and CVS/pharmacy, according to highway officials. The delayed start has been attributed by DOH officials to issues concerning the right-of-way for the road.

In his March project report to City Council, Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin indicated work on the relocation of two ballfields in Oatesdale Park, which was needed to make room for the new road, was on track to be mostly completed in a few weeks.

While the second Raleigh Street contract might not be awarded for another seven to 10 days, Walker said Wednesday that two traffic signal contracts that were advertised at the same time were on track to be awarded. Davis H. Elliot Construction Co., was the low bidder on both projects, according to bid results.

One contract entails installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Apple Harvest Drive and Exit 12 of Interstate 81. The new signal will make it easier for northbound motorists exiting I-81 to turn left onto Apple Harvest Drive and drive west toward The Commons shopping center, Clohan said.

The other contract is a traffic signal renovation project at the intersection of W.Va. 480 and Charles Town Road (formerly W.Va. 9)

Bids on a third traffic signal project at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Hatchery Road in  Darkesville near Inwood, W.Va., were opened on Tuesday, according to the DOT's website.  Davis H. Elliot Construction Co. also was the apparent low bidder for that project, according to the results.

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