EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award Hazard Construction Company Inc., the contract for the Aten Road improvements from Dogwood Road to Old Highway 111, during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
The improvements encompass grinding of existing asphalt concrete pavement, placing two to three inches of conventional asphalt concrete overlay, striping, and construction area signs. The improvements will cover approximately two miles and have a project cost of $1,167,820 to be paid with funds from the Surface Transportation Program from the Federal Highway Administration.
During the bidding process, the Public Works Department received a total of six bids. The lowest bidder was Pyramid Construction from Heber; however Pyramid’s proposal did not meet the necessary requirements, therefore leaving Hazard Construction from San Diego as the lowest responsible bidder.
“This was a very close bid, with a two thousand dollar difference,” said John Gay, deputy director for the Imperial County Public Works Department. “In going through the Disadvantage Business Enterprise portion of the bid, Pyramid Construction did not have that particular requirement, so we ended up recommending the award be given to Hazard Construction.”
Gay said the project is expected to begin at the end of October with an approximate completion date of early January 2017.
“We will be communicating with stakeholders and particularly with Imperial Valley College to let them know what the estimated completion date will be,” said Gay.
“It is nice to see that stretch totally completed,” said Michael Kelley, District 3 Supervisor. “That road is heavily trafficked all of the time, seeing the improvement so far, and to complete it from Dogwood to Hwy 111 is perfect.”
“These are the kinds of projects you want to get going fast,” said Jack Terrazas, chairman of the board.