The Bamore Road extension project has been on the city of Rosenberg’s radar for years.
So making sure each step to completing the project is necessary.
At Tuesday’s Rosenberg City Council meeting, the devil was in the details when it came to construction bids for the expansion project.
Initially, city staff recommended construction go to low bidder, Triple B Services, in the amount of $1,570,059.
However, City Engineer Jason Kasper discovered irregularities in the bid.
For example, the bid item for mobilization, bonds and insurance was $1.25 compared to the other bids that ranged from $38,000 to $170,000. In addition, he noted the number of working days was bid at 45 calendar days compared to the other bids that ranged from 150 calendar days to 240 calendar days.
Therefore, council agreed to disqualify Triple B be from the bidding process because it was not a responsible bid.
Instead, the contract was awarded to Tandem Services, who submitted the next lowest and responsible bid in the amount of $1,571,265.
“I think it was a good call to reject that one bid and go to the next one,” council member Isaac Davila said.
“And we’re talking about a couple of grand difference? I’m good with that.”
Council member Susan Euton said she agreed with Davila, adding that a 45-day construction time period was unrealistic.
A capital improvement project to extend Bamore Road was included in the 2017 Fort Bend County Mobility Bond issue.
This project will construct a two-lane concrete, curb and gutter roadway with sidewalk from the realigned intersection of Bamore Road near the U.S. 59 frontage road, through Cottonwood subdivision to Stella Road.
According to city staff, this will complete the four-lane boulevard section for this major thoroughfare.
Council member Kevin Raines made a motion to award the bid for construction to Tandem Services.
The motion was seconded by council member Tim Anders and passed unanimously.
According to Public Works Director Rigo Calzoncin, construction will begin within the next 30 days.
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference Feb. 16.
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