John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
Faulty Bids Cause Delay in 2018 Road Improvement Program

Faulty Bids Cause Delay in 2018 Road Improvement Program

At the March 14, 2018, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Township Solicitor David Sander advised the Board to reject all bids due to "deficiencies" and to re-bid the 2018 road improvement project.

Township Manager Kurt Ferguson confirmed that this would result in a delay and repaving of approximately 2.8 miles of roads will not be complete until the fall.

The following is the list of roads that was presented at the October 16, 2017, BOS meeting (for details, read "Budget Calls for 2.8 Miles of Roads to Be Repaved").

According to the public "Notice to Bidders" published in the Bucks County Courier Times today (March 20, 2018) and shown on the left, bids from contractors can be submitted not later than April 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at which time they will be opened and read aloud at the Newtown Township Administrative Building at 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940.

There will be a non-mandatory pre-bid meeting on April 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM. This would be a good opportunity for bidders to make sure they include all the necessary information when submitting bids.

Needless to say, this may be a big disappointment to residents in the neighborhoods where repaving was scheduled.

I am certainly disappointed. I have pushed for the re-pavement of Everett Drive in Country Bend long before I was elected Supervisor!

It also is problematic considering that many contractors may have commitments that prevent them from bidding on this project or the new bids may be substantially higher than the the rejected ones. 

Posted on 20 Mar 2018, 01:10 - Category: Roads

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