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Jul 19, 2019 2:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Westhampton Beach Village Board Approves Two Surveying Bids For Main Street Project

Jul 22, 2019 5:17 PM

The Westhampton Beach Village Board recently approved two bids for surveying work as part of the Main Street reconstruction project, moving closer to being fully prepared for the major construction that is expected to begin in the fall.

At a work session, on Wednesday, July 17, the board accepted a bid from Soil Mechanics Drilling Corp., a drilling contractor based in Nassau County, to install up to four monitoring wells along Main Street, for $8,575. The wells, which take less than a week to be installed, will monitor groundwater levels and analyze water quality.

The board accepted another bid two weeks prior from Fox Land Surveying of Westhampton Beach to conduct Main Street Corridor staking, at a cost of $46,000.

Mayor Maria Moore explained that the Suffolk County Water Authority plans to replace its own pipes underneath Main Street just after Labor Day. To ensure that those new pipes do not interfere with the underground installation of conduits and lateral pipes that is part of the Main Street project, surveyors need to mark out exactly where the different pipes will be located.

The village had hired Fox Land Surveying in June 2016 to perform a Main Street Corridor topographic and boundary survey for $24,000 that mapped out all utility poles and lines, drainage systems and property boundaries while village officials explored the idea of pursuing Main Street revitalization or sewer district projects.

Paying for both surveying projects will come from $1.7 million in capital funds that the village appropriated for Main Street road work.

Bids to perform all construction for the Main Street reconstruction project, the largest and most expensive bid of the project, were due on Friday, July 19. Village officials and the project management firm, Sandpebble, will review the bids and the Village Board will approve the chosen proposal at its next meeting on August 1, Ms. Moore said.

Earlier this month, board members approved bond anticipation notes of up to $10.8 million for project construction, meaning that the village is allowed to accept a bid of no more than that amount.

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