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Following Fayad’s recommendation, Massena will rebid Aluminum Trail Project wotk

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MASSENA - Following a recommendation from DPW Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad, the Massena Village Board elected to go the route of a re-bid for the Aluminum Trail project, after the revealing of the lone bid from Tuscarora Construction Company, had been significantly higher than anticipated.

The village’s Aluminum Trail has been discussed for years, and 16 bid packages were sent to go out in December. Much of the work will be focused on rehabilitating the foot bridge off East Orvis Street that crosses the Grasse River.

On the day of the bid opening, Jan. 9, only Tuscarora submitted a bid. Their $2,056,358 bid included a base bid of $1,932,591 and bid for the alternate work of $123,767.

“We are not in favor of awarding this bid. The engineer’s estimate was $1,245,609. So there is a substantial difference between the two,” Mr. Fayad said. “What I would recommend is that we reject this sole bid and re-bid the project. I am getting more interest in local contractors to bid this project. If by chance that in this next bid process the bids come in over budget again or something is not conducive to what we want, then we are going to probably have a meeting with the state at that point and plead our case with them.

“But I would recommend that we go through this process, the process of re-bidding it. That shows that we’re making a good faith effort to try and get this project going with the state so that we don’t have to get that money back,” he said.

The main focus of the project will be repairs to the foot bridge, which would include a concrete deck.

The project will also include five-foot wide sidewalks with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps leading up to the 10-foot wide asphalt trail, which crosses the river near Liberty Avenue and ends up on East Orvis Street.

Mr. Fayad added that the already spent engineering costs would not affect next year’s village budget, even if the re-bid results in more over budgeted bids.

“The $288,000 that we’ve already paid for engineering, we would have promises that we make to the engineers during the process and every month we would submit a statement to the state. We would pay that invoice. We would then end up submitting a statement to the state and they would reimburse us 80 percent of that,” Mr. Fayad said.

“So a portion of that $288,000 has been paid for by the state. But if we happen not to go through this project, through the process, we would end up giving all that money back to the state.”

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