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Bids come in high for PATH

Oct. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The bids for the first phase of construction of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health were higher than expected, but not high enough to postpone the project.

PATH is a pedestrian and biking trail named for the Barboursville High and Marshall medical school graduate who was a rising star in Washington, D.C., in the field of public health when his life was cut short in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The city of Huntington received three bids which were opened at 3 p.m. Friday, at City Hall. The bids came from Famco Inc. of Huntington, $2,307,165; C.J. Hughes Construction Company of Huntington, $2,864.532; and Orders Construction Company of St. Albans, $3,232,303.

Charles Holley, the director of development and planning, said they had anticipated Phase 1 to cost about $2 million. However, there is about $3.5 million worth of grants, donations and other funding set aside for all phases of PATH, he said.

Much of the money is being held by the state, Holley said. He must get permission from state officials to move some money from the Phase 2 funds to cover Phase 1 construction.

Phase 1 includes the floodwall section from 3rd Street West to Westmoreland, the connector between Harveytown and Ritter Park and the Guyandotte boat ramp to the Washington Boulevard Bridge.

Holley said he will work to get a first reading of the contract on the Oct. 22 city council agenda. A second reading would be placed on the Nov. 12 agenda. If it is approved, he said the construction would likely start in December.