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Low Bid on Mass. Ave. Corridor Project Nearly $6 Million

The project had been estimated at about $6.8 million.

The following is from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Mass. Ave. Corridor Project is 80 percent federally funded, 20 percent state. J.H. Lynch and Sons is based in Millbury.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, MassDOT’s Highway Division opened bids for the reconstruction of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington from Pond Lane to the Cambridge city line.

Of the five bids submitted, the lowest apparent bidder is J.H. Lynch and Sons, with a bid of $5.98 million. 

Certification of the lowest bid will follow an analysis of the bid documents conducted by MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. The process typically takes 60 days to complete.

Subsequent to the certification, the Notice to Proceed is issued to the contractor allowing construction to commence.

robbinsfarm February 21, 2014 at 02:02 PM
this should be a bumpy ride for that part of town. I remember they did some road work on Cambridge St. in Boston a few years back and it took "forever" to finish.
Dean February 21, 2014 at 02:16 PM
As the saying goes God save the Commonwealth and I say God save Arlington....from these morons!
rt February 21, 2014 at 02:25 PM
God has nothing to do with it. The selectmen are saving us from you addlepated townies.
Dean February 21, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Hokey is BOY BLOGGER known on Patch as griselda?
Elizabeth Ewins February 21, 2014 at 02:57 PM
I am not sure what a low bid means. Does it mean poorer work and longer completion time?As for traffic does this mean that traffic will be worse?Well I want to know if they submitted a plan to have it done in a timely manner. I also wonder who is supposed to benefit from this.
Elizabeth Ewins February 21, 2014 at 03:02 PM
I wonder since this is paid in part by federal money if there will be federal watchdogs on the company doing the work to see that they do a proper job. It would be nice to see if the company doing the work could be fired if they don't do the work properly.But the biggest concern is when does it start?
Dean February 21, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Elizabeth, it will be known as "Arlingtons" BIG DIG....That should tell you a little something....................
Walter Mayne February 21, 2014 at 04:16 PM
I look forward to the crossing distances being reduced, maybe saving a few lives.
Cantafordcambridgemovetoarlington February 21, 2014 at 04:24 PM
I tried to cross the other night but there was none of those flags in the holder so I went home.
Bob Sprague February 21, 2014 at 04:48 PM
No doubt the project will disrupt East Arlington, but I, too, look forward to a safer Mass. Ave.
Hokey Wolf February 21, 2014 at 04:49 PM
I look forward to you moving.
Bob Sprague February 21, 2014 at 04:53 PM
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." Buddha
Hokey Wolf February 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Again Sprague you confuse anger with with dislike. I am not in any anger . I am in dislike , an example of dislike is , I dislike Brussels sprouts. Please do not confuse the both . One is completely different than the other .
robbinsfarm February 21, 2014 at 05:30 PM
I love you two--make me laugh out loud alot !!! ok BS its your turn to comment after HW !!! lol
Cube February 21, 2014 at 05:31 PM
It's as if an avalanche is coming downhill towards Mass Ave and no one can get out of its way. The town is going to make things worse with this project. It will be brake light misery from once this project starts to the end of time...
JanS February 21, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Only 60 days to enjoy this end of Arlington before 2-3 years of construction delays in our local little dig that will be worse traffic in fewer lanes...Taxes will roll since cars won't...
Bob Sprague February 21, 2014 at 05:47 PM
"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear." Buddha
Hokey Wolf February 21, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Again Sprague , there is no evil in my thoughts . Again dislike and Evil are to different things. I know you didn't go to AHS so you can't be that dumb .
Bob Sprague February 21, 2014 at 06:10 PM
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." I didn't say this; Albert Einstein did (complain to him)
Hokey Wolf February 21, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Sprague , you want to mix my truths with Evil . An example of evil would be posting private emails that were hacked from a private accounts fully knowing that the emails contained a private matter between two married adults and by making them public would cause great harm to both . Yet an Evil Person posted them . Like I have said in the past and I will say it again to You and the Twerp , Karma is a bitch ...
Hokey Wolf February 21, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Sprague , dangerous is knowing that a wrong is being done yet one keeps pretending that nothing bad is happening .
Mark Kaepplein February 21, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Monday I went to the Market Basket in Somerville instead of Burlington because it is much closer. I was reminded why not to go to Somerville. The parking lot was full, store packed, and traffic moved at a crawl on Somerville Ave, thanks to the $22M project to widen sidewalks and put in bike lanes. With the snow in the parking lanes, the bike lanes became parking. So, a $6M waste in Arlington is a bargain with lots of detail time for APD. Oh, and "prevailing wage" for a safety flagger is just over $40/hour. We'll be seeing them for a couple years...
winifredtigerlily February 22, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Huh? As a longtime (former) Somerville resident, Somerville Ave went from one lane in each direction to one lane in each direction. Plenty of drivers feel free to drive in the bike lanes there, so I don't see the congestion problem. What's that got to do with the size of the Somerville MB parking lot?
Francis Spelding February 22, 2014 at 01:40 PM
What is the final plan?
Mark Kaepplein February 22, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Winfred, Somerville Ave and the parking lot were both packed. Its not just lane count that matters. Lanes were narrowed to widen sidewalk, leaving not enough space to go around cars stopped and waiting for the oncoming lane to clear for their left turn into one of the many side streets and driveways. This result in everyone behind the turning driver to needlessly wait and produce more greenhouse gas idling. This backs up traffic that would not have backed up previously.
Mark Kaepplein February 22, 2014 at 05:44 PM
I hope construction and lane closures start before the April 5 election so residents can experience the traffic problems and see some of the improvements prior to casting their votes for Selectmen and Town Meeting candidates.
robbinsfarm February 23, 2014 at 08:48 AM
get a bike people !! That's is really the story here !! bike it !!
AHLS February 23, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Mark, I hope while at Market Basket, you got enough cheese for that Whine, and with your ANSI compliant orange wardrobe, you could go ahead and score yourself one of those safety flagger jobs.
John Mack February 23, 2014 at 06:46 PM
I have been contemplating an excise tax on bicycles. Some of those bikes can be quite expensive and could really kick in a nice chunk of tax money to the town.
robbinsfarm February 24, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I think its all overblown, I drive a lot through towns with one lane and it's great for all the businesses. You will see a lot more commerce when it is all done. just think what " Capitol Square" will look like !! lol lol

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