Construction bids on Havelock sewer project fall below budget

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:48 PM.

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.



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