HERMITAGE, PA. Officials open bids on park work

A walking trail and restrooms are major components of the project.
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Bids for the second-phase development of Rodney White Olympic Park came in "pretty close" to the budget, says Gary Gulla, assistant city manager.
Bids on the project, which includes a walking trail around the park perimeter, men's and women's restrooms and improvements to the access roadway intersection behind the Pennsylvania Armory, were opened Wednesday.
The city and the Hermitage School District are each contributing $75,000 to the project, and the city has secured a state grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for $148,500, bringing the total money available to nearly $300,000.
The apparent low bids came in at just over $320,000.
The bids will be reviewed by the city staff and city solicitor before a recommendation is made to the city commissioners, who will award the contracts.
Scope of project
The city, school district and the state already have put about $400,000 into the park, named after Olympic archery champion Rodney White of Hermitage.
That first phase included tennis courts, an open playfield, some sidewalks, a play area for young children, lighting and underground utility lines.
City Manager Gary Hinkson said a third phase is likely. The master plan for the park, located off North Hermitage Road behind the city building complex, the Armory and Hickory High School, shows the addition of a picnic area, more restrooms and another playfield in the future, he said.
A breakdown of the bids shows two contracts, one for the restrooms and the other for the walking trail and intersection work.
There are also two alternatives on each bid.
On the restroom contract, alternative one replaces standard building siding with cedar shingle panels; alternative two puts in textured pavement crosswalks rather than painted crosswalks at intersections at the restrooms.
On the trail/intersection contract, alternative one provides textured pavement crosswalks instead of painted crosswalks at all intersections in the park. Alternative two provides a textured pavement logo showing a large "H" instead of a painted "H" at crosswalks.
The base bids (with alternatives one and two in parentheses) are:
U Restrooms: Horizon Construction Group Inc. of Sandy Lake, $102,850 ($10,200, $2,200); Linton Industries of New Castle, $77,966 ($4,700, $2,200); A & amp;M Construction of Canonsburg, Pa.: $78,000 ($4,000, $2,400).
U Trail/Intersection: Horizon Construction: $247,742 ($10,200, $1,800); A & amp;M Construction: $245,755 ($6,000, $6,000).

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