Waverly work under bid, to start early

John Freeman and Vincent McKenzie, of  Calvert-Spradling Engineering, open bids Thursday as Jason Burkley, from APAC, looks on.

Staff Writer

Work could begin by the middle of next month on the $1.38 million paving of 2.5 miles of Waverly Road from Church Hill to the West Point city limits.

That's a month earlier than originally thought.

The city opened bids Thursday on the project with APAC narrowly underbidding Falcon Contracting, which gets many of the contracts in the city. APAC bid $1,380,399.95 while Falcon bid $1,412,050.12.

Calvert Spradling Engineers had estimated the project, which is funded by a federal highway earmark, at $1,502,000.

The Board of Selectmen meets at 9 a.m. today to award the contract and the state Department of Transportation board meets July 24 to approve the recommendation.

The contract calls for the work to be completed in 49 working days.
"These are pretty good bids, they are tight," said Calvert-Spradling's John Freeman.

Among other things, engineers said APAC got the $32,000 edge with a slightly lower charge for milling the existing asphalt and lower costs for maintaining traffic.

The two companies' asphalt prices were similar which is not surprising since Falcon likely was buying asphalt from APAC.
The state Department of Transportation originally estimated the project would start in mid-September, but the planning and other details got worked out sooner.

In addition to repaving the busy road, the contract calls for speed sensors which will alert drivers with flashing numbers as to how fast they are going.

The detectors are meant to improve safety on the route, which goes from West Point High School and its athletic facilities to the Old Waverly and Mossy Oak golf centers.
As many as 4,500 cars a day go through the intersection of Church Hill and Waverly/Eshman and 2,900 cars a day travel Waverly Road, according to MDOT traffic counts.

"It really needs it. It's gotten pretty rough and is only going to get worse. With all the traffic at Old Waverly and now Mossy Oak Golf and the 40 new jobs there and the U.S. Women's Amateur coming next year, we knew we needed to do something.

We started looking for where we could get the money and the federal Highway Administration and Senator Cochran stepped in. This has been winding it's way through the system for awhile," Mayor Robbie Robinson said, referring to visitors to the two world class golf centers on Waverly Road and the growing number of residents in that area.