Construction bids to relocate Havelock’s sewer pipe from Slocum Creek to the Neuse River came in below or near the budgeted amount for the project.
Havelock officials opened the bids on Tuesday. The lowest combined bids on the two-step project came in at $9.8 million, below the $11.8 million in loans and grants the city has from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help pay for the construction.
"We’re still in the good ballpark," said Jim Freeman, Havelock city manager. "It’s on budget."
The project is separated into two portions, expansion of the wastewater treatment plant and relocation of the plant’s discharge pipe.
For the plant expansion the low bid was $2.8 million from Dellinger Inc. In the field of eight bidders, the high bid was more than $3.8 million.
For the sewer pipe relocation, the low bid of $7 million came in from Hall Contracting Corporation. In the field of seven bidders, the high bid was $8.9 million.
Freeman said that the bids would be presented to Havelock commissioners at their meeting on Monday and then sent to the USDA for approval.
At the earliest, the project would start in spring.
The project is designed to increase sewer capacity in the city, which would allow for more business and residential growth.
Freeman said the effort to expand sewer capacity dates back 20 years.
"If Havelock was really going to take off, than they needed to do this project," he said. "This project has been needed for the city for quite some time. To have it actually come to reality is great. It puts a new chapter in the city of Havelock."
The project calls for expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment plant and relocation of the plant’s discharge pipe from Slocum Creek to about six miles away, across Cherry Point, to the Neuse River.
Havelock’s available sewer capacity has dwindled to about 100,000 gallons per day.
The three-phase expansion project will initially boost overall capacity from 1.9 million gallons per day to 2.25 million gallons. With other improvements, the total capacity could be raised to 3.5 million gallons per day.