By MATT KOESTERS
Those who commute to and from New Albany via Brown’s Station Way can expect a smoother ride in about two months.
The Clark County Commissioners approved a change order last week submitted by Gohmann Construction that will increase the cost of work on the bridge spanning the Silver Creek that connects Spring Street in New Albany to Brown’s Station Way. The approval, however, was contingent upon whether or not the project would need to be rebid, as the scope of the project has changed, which would be determined by County Attorney Jake Elder.
The original bid specifications called for spot milling on areas of the bridge in disrepair. However, after Gohmann sounded the bridge — which entails striking the road to detect hollow spots — the change order was submitted, calling for whole-width milling on the right lane in each direction on the bridge.
Gohmann’s original bid for the work was $147,215, but that was before the larger problem areas on the bridge were detected, County Engineer Brian Dixon said. Dixon said the replacement of the outside lanes will now cost about $141,000, with the two inner lanes costing about $70,000 more if necessary.
The project will not need to be rebid, Elder said, as the entire bridge’s surface is not being replaced.
“It’s going to be two separate patches and they’re both going to be bigger, which is how it was explained to me,” Elder said.
Gohmann has not asked for a time extension to complete the project, and it should still be completed within 60 days, Dixon said.