After several delays, the Village of Mineola finally awarded the construction contract for the Bruce Terrace Drainage Improvements project to Roadwork Ahead at a cost of $1.236 million during the village board’s meeting on December 5 at the village hall.
Roadwork Ahead is also the holder of the village’s concrete requirements contract and recently was awarded the contract to complete the flood mitigation project at Station Plaza. There were a total of nine bidders on the Bruce Terrace project.
Despite the village’s experience using the company, department of public works superintendent Tom Rini held a pre-award meeting with the company to review the project in detail and how they would tackle the project, which was reportedly larger in scope than what the company had previously undertaken..
“I’m confident they can do the job,” Rini said.
The project consists of three components with the work being divided among the village, Nassau County and the Town of North Hempstead. The engineers on the entire project are Dvirka & Bartilucci.
While the construction of Mineola’s portion can go forward, it will not work without the county’s third of the project. It will however be able to operate without the North Hempstead section being completed according to Rini.
“We also have a clause in ours that if the county’s does not go through, ours does not go through,” Rini said.
“Our project can go forward, but it will be optimal if the county and the town also jumps in on this,” mayor Scott Strauss said.
About $800,000 of the cost of the project would be paid for from a grant from Sen. Jack Martins.
Deer Park-based Tri-State Paving, LLC was awarded the Town of North Hempstead’s portion of the project, which consists of stonewall drainage basin and drainage improvements on Fairfield Avenue, Jerome Avenue and Raft Avenue. The town’s portion is only on unincorporated side in Carle Place. Construction was expected to begin in “late fall” but according to Rini is moving toward the notice to proceed.
“That should be happening soon,” Rini said. “Hopefully they’ll let us know prior to that because we do have a little bit of cleanup work with that.”