County awards two contracts for airport, Nine Mile Road work
Nielson Construction Co. won two contracts from Carbon County agencies Friday morning. The first, awarded by the county's Municipal Building Authority, was for the preconstruction phase of the Nine Mile Canyon Road paving project. The second was for the first phase of hangar and apron expansion at the county airport.
The Nine Mile Road work will involve repaving the canyon road to upgrade the recently-completed chip seal surface. Although it will be a multimillion-dollar project, there is no way to put a definite cost on it until the preconstruction research and planning is complete, explained County Engineer Curtis Page and Dan Schaugaard, an engineer with Jones & DeMille Engineering.
Although Nielson and three other firms submitted sealed bids that were opened last Wednesday, the dollar amounts are only part of the selection process. The engineers said the proposals and ideas for the construction are also factors in the rating. Based on those evaluations, the selection team of county roads and engineering management, and consultants from Jones & DeMille recommended Nielson. County Commissioners, acting as the Building Authority, accepted the recommendation.
There are two basic alternatives that will affect the final price. First is basic asphalt paving. The second method is super-paving, a standard the Utah Department of Transportation applies to high traffic, heavy usage routes.
The construction contract is expected to be awarded after the preconstruction phase.
The airport work has a firm number attached: $114,168. Nielson was not the low bidder, but bid evaluators noted some discrepancies in the low bid of $110,189 and recommended Nielson. The county commission accepted that evaluation.