(Jan. 4, 2019) The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Town of Ocean City have awarded bid for a new parking lot on 65th Street.
“This contract represents the final portion of the overall Department of Public Works Campus construction project,” Public Works Director Hal Adkins said.
The scope of this contract consists of 110 parking spaces. Fifty-one of them would be used by the Ocean City Police Department and 59 spaces would be for employee parking. Also part of the project are a main entrance guard house, perimeter security fencing, and a telecommunications system.
The winning bid, as announced by Ocean City Transportation, was awarded to Harkins Contracting Inc. with a base bid of $1,060,371.
“With the intent to award the contract in early January, the goal is to have the surface lot completed and in use by May with the balance of the Contract being completed in the fall,” Adkins said.
The May completion date is critical with respect to public works’ ability to shift all the vehicles over to this new lot so other phases of the main campus construction project can continue without interruption.
“When faced with maintaining operations 24/7, 365 days of the year, for what is a very busy public works complex, the overall juggling act of operations vs the construction phasing is quite challenging and is only going to get worse, before it ever gets better, as we head into the summer of 2019,” Adkins said. “Use of every square foot of available land has become critical to our success on this project.”