Bids for a paving project in Hallam Borough came in almost $50,000 above the borough engineer’s estimates, but the project to repave Guy Street will still get done this summer. Borough Council May 13 voted unanimously to go ahead with awarding the $287,870 contract.
The winning bidder is York-based Kinsley Construction, which submitted a bid that was $22,000 below runner-up, Pennsy Supply of Harrisburg. The project includes milling and resurfacing the street between Franklin and Broad streets, and replacing 1,500 linear feet of curbs and 6,000 square feet of sidewalks in that area. Two utility poles will be relocated to allow curb cuts to be installed to provide access for people with disabilities. The project will also include some remedial work to correct a drainage issue.
“Altogether, there are about 17 properties impacted,” said project engineer Derek Renaldo, of C.S. Davidson. “Not only will we be replacing all the curbs and sidewalks, areas of the street that do not currently have sidewalks will get them put in.”
While the overall bids came in higher than anticipated, there was some good news for the homeowners, who must pay for the new sidewalks and curbs. Those residents previously received letters with the estimated cost of the work on their property. They will find the actual cost a little lower than in that original estimate, Renaldo said.
“While our overall engineering estimate for the project was lower than the bids, all the numbers for the sidewalks part of the project went down from our original estimates,” Renaldo said.
Work on the project is expected to begin in early July. UGI is expected to do some repairs to its lines under the street before the repaving gets underway. Renaldo said the project should be finished by early fall.
In other action, the council will look at some engineering estimates before deciding what to do about replacing a bridge in Clayton Eli Emig Park that was washed out in last August’s flooding. Several members of council suggested the possibility of relocating certain features in a lower area of the park to higher ground, rather than face the expense of a new bridge.
Renaldo cautioned a new bridge could cost at least $40,000 to build because of floodplain regulations and costs of making any new bridge accessible for people with disabilities. Council gave Renaldo the go-ahead to investigate the scope of a bridge project before deciding how to proceed.