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City Awards Bid for Ohio River RV Park

May 11, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Carrollton (Ky.)  City Council awarded the bid for construction of the Two Rivers RV Park to Ohio Valley Asphalt LLC at its regular meeting Monday (May 9).

Ohio Valley Asphalt of Carrollton had the lowest bid total, $1,174,000, which was $144,000 less than the next closest bid. It also had the earliest completion date – Aug. 15 – of the four submitted bids. The next closest completion date was Aug. 21, but that bid also was the costliest, The Madison (Ind.) Courier reported.

Lose & Associates, the architecture firm that designed the plans for the park, recommended that the city accept the bid from Ohio Valley Asphalt.

Mayor Gene McMurry said he has talked with Ohio Valley Asphalt about a number of ways to save money on the project, which would bring the cost estimate to around $1.1 million.

The city received a $1.5 million loan from the Kentucky League of Cities for the project. Any expenses beyond that would need to come from the city.

The bid from Ohio Valley Asphalt only includes the work that would be done to the ground. McMurry said the city hopes to use part of the remaining $400,000 from the loan to build a bathhouse and pavilion at the site. McMurry said that is expected to cost around $300,000 to $350,000. The remaining money would be used to build a sidewalk from the RV park to the riverwalk, which would still fall under the Aug. 15 completion date.

The city received four bids for the project, which were opened at a special meeting Thursday. The other three bids were:

  • Advanced Paving and Construction Co. Inc. of Eastwood, $1,318,000 with a scheduled completion date of Sept. 30.
  • Kelsey Construction LLC of Shepherdsville, $1,555,820 with a scheduled completion date of Dec. 31.
  • W.J. Conner General Contractors LLC of Ghent, $2,717,000 with a scheduled completion date of Aug. 21.

When talks of the RV park began, McMurry wanted to have the camping facility completed and open by July 1 in order to capitalize on the visitors who will be in the area for the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

“I really didn’t anticipate we could get it done by July 1 with us dragging it out and the water coming up,” McMurry said last week. “We’re going to be all right.”

Lose & Associates told the city it still needed to receive sewer and floodplain permits from the state before proceeding with construction. The city is planning to have a pre-construction meeting May 19 and hopes to start construction the last week in May.

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