At the bid opening for the Croton Point Avenue Project on Friday, March 29th, the Village received two bids for the project. Therefore, the Village will not be moving forward with the Croton Point Avenue Project in 2019. The Board intends to analyze its various options and potentially rebid the project for a spring 2020 start time.
The Board of Trustees believes that for a project of this size and complexity, it is important to receive more than two bids. Further, both of these bids were significantly above the Engineering and Design Consultant’s estimate.
Such challenges are not without precedent when it comes to large infrastructure investments. In 2016, the Village received two bids for the Elliott Way project both of which came in far in excess of the Village’s good faith estimate as to the cost of the project, leading the Board to reject both bids and reassess the project. Ultimately, the project was modified and rebid and was completed last year.
The Croton Point Avenue Project includes many traffic-calming improvements meant to provide a better, safer commute for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. It would widen the Route 9 South ramp to provide an exclusive right turn lane, add traffic signal installations at Veterans Plaza, the Route 9 ramps and widen Veterans Plaza to accommodate four-lanes for reversible traffic flow. In addition, it would add bicycle lanes to both sides of Croton Point Avenue and a sidewalk to the south side of Croton Point Avenue to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
The Croton Point Avenue Improvement Project, originated in 2008 and received a $1.2 million federal grant. It has spanned several mayoral administrations. At the June 6, 2016 Village Board meeting, the previous Mayor stated that the Croton Point Avenue Project has “long been in the hopper” and with modern technology and proper traffic signaling we can move traffic through this area more safely.
It is my hope that after the Village’s Board and staff have a chance to reevaluate the bid documents and results, we will be able to move forward on this long-awaited project.