Low bid for sewer line would cost $500K less

D&M Contracting of New Alexandria is the apparent low bidder at $2.5 million for the job of installing a new supplementary sewer line in Pleasant Valley for the Altoona Water Authority – a price that is $500,000 less than engineering estimates.

The authority is holding off on awarding a contract for the work, which is required by the state Department of Environ

mental Protection to alleviate wet-weather overflows, until it can also award a contract for a pump station.

The authority originally planned to put the pump station on vacant ground on the west side of Pleasant Valley Boulevard at 22nd Street, then shifted focus to the east side of Valley View Boulevard, just south of 17th Street, on part of a tract where the Hollidaysburg Real Estate Holding Co. wants to build a medical center. The authority is now focused on obtaining ground owned by developer Greg Morris in front of HealthSouth, to the right of its entrance driveway, because authority officials believed the medical center group was asking a high price, because it believed Morris may sell for a better price, according to authority General Manager Mark Perry.

It’s also more accessible, according to Mark Glenn, president of Gwin Dobson & Foreman, the authority’s consulting engineer.

The authority expects to advertise for bids in about five weeks on the pump station.

There were seven bidders for the sewer line work.

The authority has received a $2 million grant from PennWorks for the $6.5 million Pleasant Valley project and a loan from Pennvest that will cover the rest of the cost.

Meanwhile, the companion project for the Pleasant Valley project, a smaller sewer line job in the vicinity of 58th Street in Eldorado, undertaken also to alleviate wet-weather overflows, is nearly complete.

The system worked well during recent snow melt, according to Perry.

“It was somewhat of a test,” he said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.