Bath council to choose contractor for Waterfront Park project

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BATH — The City Council will vote next week on hiring a contractor to conduct the second and final phase of the Waterfront Park project.

LaBrecque Construction’s low bid of nearly $290,000 will go before the council at City Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Five other companies also submitted bids.

The first phase, completed this spring, involved the replacement of a pier and improvement of banking at the Commercial Street park. The work was done by Wyman & Simpson for $415,000.

The second phase will include a new sidewalk between Commercial Street and the park and new streetlights along the road. Pathways at the park will also be surfaced with concrete paving stones. A compass rose made of colored concrete paving stones will be encompassed into the new pier.

The project engineer reviewed the six bids and recommended LaBrecque, City Planner Jim Upham said last week. The project is expected to begin after Labor Day.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.