Bids opened for Solomon Creek wall project in Wilkes-Barre

By Jerry Lynott - [email protected]
Bids were opened Friday for the reconstruction of a damaged section of the Solomon Creek wall in Wilkes-Barre, seen here in a file photo. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader file

WILKES-BARRE — The city announced Friday morning that AR Popple Inc., of Wilkes-Barre, submitted the apparent low bid for the long-awaited Solomon Creek wall reconstruction project.

Popple’s total of $1,548,448 was the lowest of the five companies that sent in bid packages by Friday’s 9:30 a.m. deadline. The bids were opened online at City Hall.

The city along with Borton-Lawson, the Plains Township-based engineer on the project, will compare Popple’s bid to the others and review the packages before issuing a notice of award, said Lou Spaciano of Borton-Lawson.

The review should be completed by the end of next week, added Joyce Zaykowski, the city’s director of the Office of Economic and Community Development and the capital projects program manager.

The anticipated start of construction is early next month, Spaciano said.

The reconstruction of the Depression-era wall has been a priority for Mayor Tony George, whose administration has secured more than $10 million in city and state funds for the project. A 40-foot section collapsed into the creek bed in December 2016 and was repaired with a temporary patch.

Zaykowski said the overall project has multiple phases. The bids opened Friday applied to the first phase, she said.

Spaciano did not disclose the other bids, which were received from:

• James T. O’Hara Inc., of Covington Township.

• Don E. Bower Inc., of Berwick.

• Leeward Construction Inc., of Honesdale.

• Kriger Construction Inc., of Dickson City.

Bids were opened Friday for the reconstruction of a damaged section of the Solomon Creek wall in Wilkes-Barre, seen here in a file photo.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL041417SolomonCreek3-1.jpgBids were opened Friday for the reconstruction of a damaged section of the Solomon Creek wall in Wilkes-Barre, seen here in a file photo. Sean McKeag | Times Leader file

By Jerry Lynott

[email protected]

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.