Bids opened for Butcher Road bridge work

FRANKLIN SQUARE — Contractor bids to replace the Butcher Road bridge spanning the Little Beaver Creek in Salem Township were opened Wednesday by county Engineer Bert Dawson’s office.

The bridge, just west of Lisbon-Canfield Road, will be replaced with a pre-stressed concrete, box-beam fixture. Now single lane, it will be upgraded to two lanes and be 28 feet wide.

Six bids were received; the lowest, $443,000, from A.P. O’Horo of Youngstown the highest, $649,674, from Lockhart Concrete of Akron.

Also making bids were: Marucci & Gaffney Excavating of Youngstown, $468,700; Craig Edward Susany Inc. of North Lima, $473,986; R & I Construction of Tifflin, $485,827 and McCoy Construction Products of East Liverpool, $496,086.

County engineer staff engineer Brad Bosley said they will review the bids to make sure “everything is OK.”

State law requires government officials to accept the “lowest and best” bid.

Bosley expects the bids to be reviewed and awarded by county commissioners next week with the paperwork proceeding to the Ohio Public Works for approval since it’s a public works job.

“We don’t know if it goes this year,” Bosley said, adding the completion date is May 31, 2019.

He said, “If the contractor cannot complete the project this fall, which means getting asphalt to pave the roadway, he cannot remove the bridge and close the road all winter.”

“It takes approximately a month to get the contract in place and the start date is up to the contractor, but we need a week’s notice of closure to notify all officials,” Bosley said.

Those notifications include police, fire, ambulance, schools and township trustees.

The bridge, now single lane, will be upgraded to two lanes and 28 feet wide.