Expensive Work On "Hard Edge" At Ross's Landing Park Comes In "Under The Estimate" At $5.7 Million

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The expensive work of repairing the crumbling and leaking "hard edge" at Ross's Landing Park came in "under the estimate."

Dennis Malone, assistant city engineer, said the low base bid from a Kentucky-based firm was $5,702,250.

The only other bidder was Wright Brothers Construction, which tallied $6,358,255.

There was a representative of a third bidder, who came ahead of time to the bid opening at the purchasing department of City Hall. However, he stepped out on a phone call and was not in the room when the call was made for the bids. "He missed out by 15 seconds," Mr. Malone said.

The apparent low bidder was Smith Contractors of Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Mr. Malone said, "This is the type of work they do. They are building a port right now."

The job involves driving steel plates at the edge of the boat moorings and then placing a new cap of concrete.

The plumbing and electrical must then be reattached to the moorings.

The work is set to start on Nov. 3 - the day after the Head of the Hooch regatta.

It is due to be finished by May 1 of next year.

The overall project cost is about $8 million. That counts the services of the HDR Engineering firm that is overseeing the project.

HDR will be evaluating the bids and checking out the qualifications of the bidders prior to making a recommendation to the city.


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