By DORIS COOK
JEFFERSON - - An increase in the costs to build the State Road covered bridge and road improvements was approved Thursday by Ashtabula County Commissioners, along with several block grant contracts.
The change order in the $7.78 million bridge contract with UIC General Contractors amounts to $175,984.24, County Engineer Tim Martin said. Work on the bridge and road realignment project began earlier this year with tree clearance and excavation at the site.
"The change order has to do with the concrete footers under the bridge being increased in size. The footers will now be 30 feet by 25 feet," Martin said.
The change in footer sizes requires additional concrete and excavation fill materials. Martin explained previously all the reinforced steel on the bridge piers was to be galvanized. In the footers the contract now calls uncoated non-galvanized reinforced steel, Martin said.
The size of the footers is being increased by 30 percent, which was determined after the original specifications were done, he said.
In other action, the commissioners approved several bids for street work in Orwell Village and a recreation park in Geneva-on-the-Lake, both partly paid with Community Development Block Grant funds.
Landscape by Design of Hubbard received the contract for the GOTL recreation park project with it's bid of $33,187. Engineer's estimate for the job was $32,521.
Road paving improvements in Orwell include High, North and South School streets with the $50,446 contract going to Koski Construction of Ashtabula. Orwell Mayor Larry Bottoms said the village's street department provided in-kind services to match the block grant dollars.
Both sides of South School Street are being cut back by three to four feet along with the area dug out 12 inches deep. The village is picking up these costs, Bottoms said.
When the Orwell projects begin Sept. 14 and 15, village officials will close High and South School because the streets are very narrow.
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