High costs put Blawnox signs on hold
Blawnox officials will have to wait before they can have gateway signs installed at both ends of the borough.
Bids for the project came in about double what was expected.
The lowest bid was for $45,370. Officials expected the project to cost between $20,000 and $25,000.
Those numbers will mean that the project will have to wait, borough manager Sherry Kordas said.
“We have to look around for some additional funding sources,” Kordas said. “It is what it is.”
Borough engineer Gordon Taylor of Senate Engineering, said it is possible the bids could hold while more funding is sought but the lowest bidder, Pampena Construction, would have to agree.
The borough has 90 days to accept or reject the offer if no extension is granted. Three other offers were received for the project.
The signs would be on Freeport Road at both ends of the borough.
Officials have been working with the Penn State Center on designs for the project, which were approved last year.
The project has been in the works for several years.
Council President Deborah Laskey said plans would have to be tabled until more money became available.
“We can see what kind of funding is available for us later on,” Laskey said. “At least we have something to go by.”
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or email@example.com.
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