Terrapin Cove sewer extension bids come in far above estimates

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 26, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Photo: Construction bids for the Terrapin Cove sewer extension project at Gloucester Point have come in at double to triple the amount initially authorized by the county. Some of the residents most impacted by the project live on Laurel and Holly drives, shown above. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Construction bids for the Terrapin Cove sewer extension project at Gloucester Point have come in at double to triple the amount initially authorized by the county. Some of the residents most impacted by the project live on Laurel and Holly drives, shown above. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Residents of Gloucester Point’s Terrapin Cove neighborhood may be disappointed to learn that their sewer extension project could be put on hold after construction bids for the project have come in at double to triple the amount initially authorized by the county.

In an update given at the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors’ Feb. 18 meeting in the colonial courthouse, Gloucester’s public utilities director Marty Schlesinger said up to $250,000 was authorized for installation of sewer for phase one of the project with the option for the installation of gravity-fed sewer in phase two.

Schlesinger said the plans for these installations had been approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation and a bid package was issued.

Just last month, about 50 residents impacted by the project attended an information meeting at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, where the majority appeared to be in favor of the project and wanted to know when additional areas would be served by public sewers.

Schlesinger said the bids for the project were received and opened Feb. 7. A total of six bids were received. The lowest bid by Basic Construction of Newport News came in at $561,442, which he said was more than twice the engineering estimate the county received in 2013.

“There is a definite need in the area for public sewers,” Schlesinger said.