Rehoboth Commissioners approve nearly $35 million in bids for outfall projects

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Rehoboth Beach Commissioners approved low bids for the ocean outfall project. Seattle company was the apparent low bidder on the biggest piece of a  controversial ocean outfall project for Rehoboth Beach.

A Seattle company was awarded the bid on the biggest piece of a  controversial ocean outfall project for Rehoboth. Manson Construction Co. came in lowest with a bid of $27,655,850. Other bids received were from Weeks Marine Inc. of Cranford, NJ at $32,989,450, and American Bridge of Tampa, FL at $43,468,521.

The low bid for the Effluent Pumping Station at $1,768,555 was Allan Myers, headquartered in Worcester, PA with a construction office in Dover.

A-Del Construction of Newark was approved with a low bid  for the Force Main at $5,700,447.

Allan Myers submitted the low bid at $2,256,555 for a related upgrade project. 

Work is scheduled to begin in October 2017 with an anticipated construction completion in April 2018. 

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources signed off on the outfall project that would put treated wastewater in the ocean. The project has met stiff opposition from the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental groups. 

Rehoboth Beach has been ordered to stop dumping treated wastewater into the inland bays, which suffer from excess nitrogen levels. 

Options such as spray irrigation were deemed to be too expensive and might come with other environmental challenges in the rapidly developing area. 

Last week, a portion of Delaware Bay was closed to some types of shellfish harvesting due to discharges from the Kent County wastewater treatment plant into a creek. 

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