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Gateway bids reveal construction begins in March

The bids are open and the bulldozers are primed.

Two companies bid for a $5.3 million construction job Tuesday at City Hall.

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. and HRI Inc. want the project, known as the East Third Street/Old City Revitalization.

The first work will be done at Franklin and Basin streets, according to Dave Witmer, on-site manager with Reynolds Construction Inc., the project management company.

Next year’s work includes redoing East Third Street, between Basin and State streets.

Detour plans will be coming for the March work, Witmer said.

A boulevard, with a median strip and possible plants and flowers, will be part of the Basin Street redesign.

Period lights, sidewalks and sanitary and water lines are part of the project, in coordination with Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority and the state Department of Transportation.

Professionals at Larson Design Group and Dewberry are preparing the designs.

“We’re really happy the bids came in about what was budgeted,” said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director.

The project isn’t tapping into the city General Fund. Partners contributing to make the project happen include: First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, Lycoming College and Delta Development Group Inc.

Once Reynolds accepts the contract, the City Council must award the contract. That is expected to take place at council’s Jan. 31 meeting, officials said.

Each year’s construction is expected to finish by the start of the Little League World Series.

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