Road bid is awarded, library seeks to grow

TREMONT — Selectmen voted 5-0 Tuesday to accept a bid from R. F. Jordan and Sons of Ellsworth to rebuild a .4-mile stretch of the Tremont Road.

The $814,000 bid from the Ellsworth construction company was the lowest of three submitted for the project, which is expected to begin this summer.

Harold MacQuinn Inc. submitted a bid of $913,000. Lane Construction Corporation bid $1.23 million.

The road from the Tremont Consolidated School to the Burnt Hill Road is to be completely rebuilt under a Municipal Partnership Agreement between the town and the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). Voters at the May 2013 town meeting authorized entering into the agreement and approved $420,000 for the town’s share of the project.

Under the agreement, the town is to pay the total cost of the road rebuild and to contract to have the work done. The MDOT is to reimburse the town a maximum of $360,000 to be paid in three equal installments: when the job is one-third complete, two-thirds complete and at completion.

Along with rebuilding the roadbed, the project includes a sidewalk and a three-foot wide paved shoulder, which also will serve as a bike lane.

To minimize traffic delays, one-way traffic will be maintained at all times, and the work will be done in 300-foot sections, project engineer Greg Johnston has said. The work could occur on weekends, but there will be no work at night. Some blasting will be required.

Bid specifications require the project to be completed by the end of December.

The only question from selectmen was if the R. F. Jordan bid was in line with the engineer’s estimate.

“It’s very close to what we anticipated,” Town Manager Dana Reed responded.

Two members of the board of directors of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library were at the meeting to discuss plans to expand the library.

Spencer Ervin and Pete Madeira said the library will raise the money for the 1,000-square-foot addition.

“We do need additional space,” Ervin said.

Ervin and Madeira said they weren’t at the meeting to ask selectmen for anything; they just want to keep town officials informed. Construction, they said, won’t begin anytime soon.

“The funds have to be committed before we go ahead,” Ervin said.

Selectman Chris Eaton indicated the board has support for the project.

“We all agree it’s a good idea,” he said.

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