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Concord receives just one bid for Main Street construction

A rendering of the proposed Main Street redesign project from the May 23, 2013, public hearing presentation.

A rendering of the proposed Main Street redesign project from the May 23, 2013, public hearing presentation.

Only one contractor has submitted a proposal for Concord’s Main Street construction project, and the cost estimate exceeds the city’s budget.

City Engineer Ed Roberge announced this morning that the city will likely need to re-issue the project for contractor bids.

“Although we are early in the review process, the bid significantly exceeds the engineer’s estimate and the available project funding,” Roberge wrote in an email update about the Main Street project.

Construction was scheduled to begin this month on the $10 million project to redesign the city’s downtown. That amount includes a $4.71 million federal grant.

Roberge said the cost estimate and response from only one contractor is likely due to timing; the city issued its request for proposals during the middle of construction season, when contractors are committed to other projects.

“However, our schedule – as you know – was dictated by the federal process,” he wrote.

Roberge said he does not expect a significant delay to the project, and work will still be done this fall to move utility lines underground on South Main Street as scheduled. Work will still conclude in November.

“It is important to note that this development does not significantly affect the Downtown Complete Street project or its timeline,” Roberge wrote. “We have been in contact with our liaisons at the U.S. Department of Transportation and our project funding is secure.”

See tomorrow’s Monitor for complete coverage.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

Construction companies don't even want it!

You know what I never saw? An environmental study. Exactly how much hurricane causing, sea level rising, planet killing CO2 is this beautification project going to produce??? And shouldn't the citizens of Concord be taxed on that CO2? Or be forced to buy some carbon credits???

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