By MATT KOESTERS
When it comes to construction, there are change orders and there are change orders.
The Clarksville Town Council got to enjoy the good kind on Monday, when it was announced at a meeting that contractors on a variety of road projects completed during the late summer cost about $55,000 less than expected.
“I think it shows that our town employees are working hard to maximize our savings,” Council President John Gilkey said. “Initially, when ... Street Commissioner [Brad Cummings] broke these projects out to various contractors, we saved in excess of $60,000. We saved even more here by closely scrutinizing the work that was done and minimizing the amount of money we had to pay for the projects. It’s the right way to do it.”
Cummings was able to save on the original projects by bundling work on 12 different projects into five bidding packages, realizing the initial savings. The additional savings came as a result of contingencies built into the contracts for those projects not being needed.
Gohman Asphalt completed work on Marlowe, Tennyson and Byron drives, Bailey and Francis avenues, and Woodstock Drive and Giltner Lane after winning the projects with bids totaling $301,587. Town Engineering Consultant Harold Hart told the council the projects actually cost a total of just $269,538, good for a savings of $32,049.
“It’s just typically in an engineering project, we’ll always give a 10-percent contingency when we put together bids and estimates and all that,” Hart said.
Hart announced two other deductions. The first was work done by Gohman on Saines Road, where the cost of the $64,654 project was reduced to $58,853.
Mac Construction initially bid $80,001 for work on Brooks and Randolph avenues, but the final tally ended up being just $61,762, a savings of $18,239.
“A lot of times with road jobs, you don’t know what’s going to be underneath those road surfaces until we actually mill it and see what the conditions are underneath,” Hart said. “It just so happens that these roads were in fairly decent shape underneath.”
Midway Park is permanently closed as effluent lines are under construction as part of the town’s wastewater plant expansion.
The facilities formerly located at Midway Park will be moved to the property that formerly housed the Clarksville Drive-In, which the town purchased in October.
NEW SIGNAL LIVE SOON
A traffic light being installed at the intersection of Blackiston Mill Road and Potters Lane is expected to go live the weekend of Nov. 16, Project Coordinator Brittany Montgomery said.
The signal will initially be set to blink yellow on Blackiston Mill, while the lights facing Potters Lane will blink red. The signal will behave like a normal traffic light after a few weeks, Montgomery said. Montgomery warned Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer of the increased possibility of accidents at the intersection as drivers get used to the new signal being there.