Landscape project $76k under budgetPublished 4:29pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Hartselle City Council is planning to approve a $357,905 bid from Triple J Construction in Crane Hill to landscape Hartselle’s two exits on I-65 and medians at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Alabama 36.
Department of Development director Jeff Johnson said the Alabama Department of Transportation and engineers from Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood have given the green light to accept the low bid, despite it being more than $150,000 less than the next closest bid.
“They feel comfortable with the contractor,” Johnson said. “I’ve received tractor,” Johnson said. “I’ve received good reviews from other clients that they’ve worked for.”
Johnson said when a $53,000 extra charge is added by ALDOT for upkeep and inspection, the project is still $76,000 under budget.
“That does give us an option to increase the quantity of certain shrubs or plants, but it cannot exceed more than 15 percent of the original bid price without approval from ALDOT,” Johnson said.