Carbon County residents and visitors will see work being done around the Old Mauch Chunk train station later this year.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board opened bids for the train station sidewalk bituminous replacement and parking lot resurfacing project.

The companies' bids were broken down into a base bid, which includes resurfacing the parking lot behind the Hooven building and adjacent to the train station; as well as replacing the sidewalks on the back side of the station, facing the railroad tracks, with stained or dyed blacktop; and an alternate bid, which includes resurfacing the sidewalks facing the Josiah White Park.

Randall Smith, county administrator explained that the sidewalks facing the park are not in that bad of shape so the county decided to make them an option that can be included if desired, pending on the total cost of the project.

The apparent low bidder for the project was Muschlitz Excavating Inc. of Bath, who submitted a base bid of $90,562.64 and an alternate bid of $23,551.50 for a total bid of $114,114.14. Other companies' bids included: Schuylkill Paving Inc. of Schuylkill Haven, $108,425 base bid and $16,460 alternate bid for a total bid of $124,885; Bruce George Paving and Excavating Inc. of Kunkletown, $120,821 base bid and $29,050 alternate bid for a total bid of $149,871; Livengood Excavators Inc. of Walnutport, $151,316.76 base bid, $28,662.05 alternate bid for a total bid of $179,978.81; Eastern Industries Inc. Construction Division of Center Valley, $145,574 base bid, $47,155 alternate bid for a total bid of $192,729; and Pennsy Supply Inc., doing business as Slusser Brothers of Wapwallopen, $170,919.75 base bid, $26,850 alternate bid for a total bid of $197,769.75.

The commissioners then voted to table the bids for two weeks so they can be reviewed by the solicitor and other officials. A contract will be awarded or the bids will be rejected during the board's Feb. 24 meeting. Work at the station will then begin sometime this spring.

The decision to replace the sidewalks came after unsafe conditions occurred as a result of water penetrating the current concrete and making the sidewalks unlevel and cracked.

In December, Commissioner Charles Getz and Smith visited a similar project in White Haven and thought the blacktop would help solve the issue and create safer walking conditions for area residents and tourists that visit Jim Thorpe during the year.