April 7, 2016
County this afternoon opened bids from four companies for the Buxton
beach nourishment project that officials had hoped to complete in the
summer or fall of this year.
County receives two bids for 2016 Buxton
nourishment; both exceed budget
only two of the four companies bid on the project for this summer and
both bids were considerably more than the county's estimated budget of
Group of San Rafael, Calif., bid $33.9 million for the 2016 work and
Weeks Marine of Covington, La., submitted a bid for $34.1 million.
bidding on the project were asked to submit two bids -- one for all
work to be accomplished between May 1 and Dec. 15 2016 and another for
work to be done by Dec. 15, 2017.
request for bids stipulated that the work "to the extent practicable"
be conducted during the fair weather months. The county's
contractor to plan and oversee the project, Coastal Science &
Engineering, says that nourishing the beaches in the storm-prone winter
months is both too costly and dangerous.
four companies bid on the work for 2017, including one whose bid was
slightly under budget. The bid from Weeks Marine for 2017 was
other three companies bid between $6 million and $25 million more than
the budgeted $22.9 million. The bids were 29.8 from Dutra, $31.7
million from GLDD of Oakbrook, Ill., and $48.7 million from Manson
Construction Co. of Jacksonville, Fla.
bids are considered preliminary until they are vetted by engineers with
Coastal Science & Engineering, which could happen as early as
County manager Bobby Outten said that with only two companies having
bid for the job this year, it is not likely that the project would be
sent out for another round of bids.
also said that the county's beach nourishment fund cannot afford to pay
50 percent more than what has been budgeted for the Buxton project,
although accepting a bid is ultimately up to the Board of Commissioners.
of the towns in the county -- Duck, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk --
also plan to nourish their beaches and had hoped to do it this
year. Because of the availability of dredges and cost of the
project, the towns have had to postpone their projects until next year.
County proposes to nourish 2.9 miles of beach from approximately the
Canadian Hole to the old site of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with 2.6
million cubic yards of sand from an offshore borrow pit. The reason for
the nourishment project is to protect Highway 12 from destructive storm