An unexpected conflict with a water main along U.S. 70 will cost the town an extra $49,000, a 17 percent increase in the bond-funded project to widen the road near Jessup Drive.
Garner’s town council approved the change to the contract at Tuesday’s meeting.
The new project total, about $329,000, had initially been bid well under its $300,000 budget. Town Engineer Tony Chalk pointed out that even the new cost fell about $47,000 below the second-lowest bid.
An underground 16-inch water main located during construction conflicted with the proposed location for anchoring a guard rail.
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Chalk said moving the guard rail back creates the most cost-effective way to resolve the conflict. That requires extra earthwork and storm water pipes, because that part of the widening comes up next to a sloped embankment. Chalk also said that it was discovered late didn’t change anything.
“I think we’re paying a fair price for this (additional work). I don’t think we’re paying a premium. This is the way we would have built the job if we had known about the pipe,” Chalk said.
The council unanimously approved the change order to alter the terms of the project after questioning Chalk to make sure this was the best option and one that was fairly priced.
A memo from Chalk said the amount of fill material needed to accomodate the wider-set guard rail increased from 860 to 2,800 cubic yards. Chalk called the $18 per cubic yard charged by Fred Smith “reasonable.”
The only other obvious alternative, Chalk said, would be to move the water main at a far greater cost.
Chalk also predicted the final price tag for the project would sink to about $325,000 thanks to materials in other aspects of the project contract that appear not to be needed.
Overages will come from the $4.5 million dedicated to road work in the bond.
Youth baseball champions honored
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council honored the under-nine Garner Baseball All-Star team that went to the P.O.N.Y. World Series in Walnut, Califorina last July.
The team won the U-9 Mustang regional tournament in High Point with a 10-6 win in the final over West Raleigh.
The team lost its two games in Walnut, Calif., to teams from Walnut and Hawaii during the tournament held July 25-28. But that didn’t damper praise from elected officials and coaches. Head coach Jeff Parker called the trip a “once in a lifetime experience,” and thanked the town for its support.
“When you travel out of state, you’ve got G-A-R-N-E-R on your shirt. You’ve made yourselves proud, you’ve made us proud,” mayor Ronnie Williams told the team.
A gofundme.com website raised more than $12,000 to help cover travel costs. Local restaurants contributed a portion of a day’s proceeds to the trip back in July.
Councilman Ken Marshburn, among others, suggested the experience offered life lessons for the youngsters.
“Hopefully the kids will see that if you work hard and do the right things and use your God-given talents, great things can happen,” Marshburn said.