A $1.3 million contract was awarded Tuesday by the St. Mary’s County commissioners to resurface eight miles of local roads this fall.
A local company, C.A. Bean of California, was the lowest of four bidders and was awarded the $1,299,690 contract. The two lowest bidders were both local, so St. Mary’s County government did not have to pay extra to award the contract under its local vendor preference.
Under that policy, the county commissioners can choose a local business over the lowest bidder, paying as much as $50,000 more for a contract of more than $1 million.
The high bidder for the county road asphalt overlay work was $1,628,580, according to finance staff.
Commissioner Cindy Jones (R) said there is “still some residual concern out in the community” about the local vendor policy, which was adopted last year on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R) voted no.
“It is something we continue to watch as we see this policy play out,” Jones said.
After the meeting, Jarboe said the local vendor policy hasn’t resulted in the commissioners’ paying significantly extra to select a local business yet. Local vendors have been the low bidders. Contracts of more than $1 million come to the commissioners for approval.
Commissioner Todd Morgan (R) calculated the road contract costs $162,000 per mile. “Does that seem high?” he asked.
George Erichsen, director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, said the typical cost for asphalt overlay is $1 million for every 5 miles and 53 percent of the cost is for the asphalt itself and the rest is preparatory work. “That’s historically been the case as long as I’ve been here,” he said.
The roads to be paved this fall are:
• The entire 1.12-mile stretch of Chingville Road and first 0.2 of a mile of Buck Redman Road in the 2nd Election District.
• All 1.43 miles of White Point Road in Medley’s Neck.
• Steer Horn Neck Road from Greenwell State Park to the end of the road, 1.49 miles.
• Clarke’s Landing Road from Blackistone Road to the road’s end in Hollywood, 1.5 miles.
• Indian Bridge Road from Route 4, 1.5 miles.
• The entirety of First Colony Boulevard, 0.39 miles.
• FDR Boulevard in California for 0.37 miles.
All work should be completed by the end of the year, according to the contract.