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New bid for riverfront project scheduled

After the first bid for the Ironton riverfront marina project came in higher than anticipated, a the project bid is expected to be bid out Friday, Nov. 20 at noon in the mayor’s office.

“We’ve made revisions in the specs of the project, resubmitted it and put it back out to bid in order to be fair to all contractors,” Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship said. “As of today, we have eight contracting companies who have picked up the revised specs. It’s encouraging to know we have that many picking up the specs.”

Blankenship said the approximate total of the project is $808,000. The original bid came from Allied Excavating, of Wheelersburg, which put the total cost of the project at close to $1 million.

“We’re hopeful that the bid will come in under the allotted amount of money,” Blankenship said.

The changes in the redesigned riverfront include a 6-foot-wide instead of 8 feet and a concrete capping on top of the sea wall instead of steel capping. The length of the project is still set at 450 feet long and will still include 33 boat docks.

Ironton was one of 16 communities to receive grant from a boating infrastructure program of $636,000 with the city matching $212,000 on top of that.