Potsdam contractor awarded contract for $5.5 million construction project in Ogdensburg
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:58 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

OGDENSBURG – J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corp., Potsdam, will complete the Paterson Street Reconstruction project for $5.5 million.

City council approved the measure at a Monday meeting.

Mayor William Nelson said he was pleased with the bid and was glad to see the project moving forward.

City manager John Pinkerton said construction will begin in June.

The city accepted solicited bids and received eight responses.

J.E. Sheehan, Potsdam, submitted the lowest bid at $5,541,659. That’s about $2 million less than the $7.4 million estimate from the engineers. However, that figure may includeother aspects of the project.

The second lowest bid was more than a million dollars higher. That came from W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating Inc. at $6.6 million.

The highest bid came from Barrett Paving Materials, Inc., Liverpool at $7.4 million.

The local share will be just shy of a million dollars, according to engineering estimates.

City comptroller Phil Cosmo estimated the city will need to borrow about $2.5 million to pay contractors upfront as the federal and state funding will be issued on a reimbursement basis.

The project will improve 1.1 miles of Paterson Street with plans to restore pavement to good condition, separate the storm sewer system from the existing combined storm/sanitary system and improving intersections, sidewalks and drainage.

The project also included the removal of 54 trees along the roadside, which was completed in March. However the stumps remaining from the trees still need to be removed. The city also plans to widen the roadway to include two 12' wide travel lanes and two 7' wide parking lanes.

Additional information on the project can be found at http://www.ogdensburg.org/index.aspx?nid=314.