MERIDEN — The Meriden Linear Trail extension from Platt High School to Bradley Avenue should be completed by the end of summer.
“We are putting together the contract documents as we speak,” said Adam Tulin, the city’s purchasing officer. “Work can begin once the contract is signed.”
The trail currently ends at Platt High School. The project will extend the trail along Coe Avenue to the Bradley Avenue Bridge, which overlooks Harbor Brook.
The contractor will construct about 7,000 square feet of the 8-foot wide concrete sidewalk/trail along Coe Avenue. At the end of the project, the contractor will mill and repave Coe Avenue.
“This is part of the linear trail master plan, and is a designated school walking route,” said Public Works Director Howard Weissberg. “It will serve as an on-road component of the city’s linear trail system.”
B&W Paving of Waterford, which bid $383,520, was selected as the lowest responsible bidder for the trail work.
The city received bids from eight contractors.
“Bidders had to call and make an appointment to drop off bids, per City Hall procedures,” Tulin said. “Also, the bid opening was held in the courtyard outside the main entrance of City Hall. We set up outside starting 30 minutes prior to the scheduled bid opening to allow bidders to drop off bids at that time.
“This was the first construction project we put out to bid since COVID-19 and it was reassuring from a purchasing perspective to see so many qualified bids come in,” Tulin added.