Carbon County officials are moving foward with repairing the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board opened four bids from various contractors for work on the bridge, which was damaged in June by a large commercial vehicle hitting the structural beams as it traveled through the bridge.
The apparent low bidder was Home Solutions Partners of Palmerton, who submitted a base bid of $22,595 and an alternate bid of $10,494, for a total bid price of $33,089. The alternate bid includes replacing the roof of the bridge.
Other bidders included F.J. Lesher General Contractor of Palmerton, who submitted a base bid of $32,500 and an alternate bid of $19,700 for a total of $52,200; Mar-Allen Concrete of Ephrata, $41,910 base, $18,145 alternate, $60,855 total; and Bi-State Construction Company Inc. of Easton, $68,430 base, $18,050 alternate, $86,480 total.
The bids will now be reviewed by the county engineer. A contract will then be awarded or bids rejected at next week's commissioners' meeting.
Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said that work on the bridge will begin shortly after the contract is awarded.
He noted that the specifications call for the work to be completed on or before 30 days after the contractor receives notice of the agreement.
The covered bridge, which is located in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township, has been closed to traffic since the vehicle, driven by Joseph Chiariello of Albrightsville, damaged it.
In other matters, the commissioners received notification that the farms of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Christman and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Barry have been selected for acceptance into the Carbon County Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program.