Contract awarded for Miami Avenue repair materials

Montgomery County legislators have awarded the first of two contracts for the repair of Miami Avenue in the Town of Amsterdam, and officials expect the road to be reopened in time for the start of school in early September.

The portion of Miami Avenue from Tessiero Square to Amsterdam High School has been closed since March 18 after a portion of the road had collapsed and the culvert pipe underneath was compromised.

At a special meeting Friday, legislators awarded the contract for materials needed for the repair to Varitech LLC of Liverpool, NY. Varitech’s bid of $115,572 was slightly below the $127,382.10 bid submitted by ISCO Industries Inc., the only other bidder.

Montgomery County Public Works Commissioner Paul Clayburn said Friday a resolution awarding the second contract, for the work to repair the road, will be on the agenda for the legislature’s next regular meeting on July 26.

“Once the bid is awarded on the 26th, we should be able to enter into a contract, I would say, by the end of that week, with work starting the first of August,” Clayburn said. “The goal all along has been to have Miami Avenue reopened by [the start of] school, which I believe is Sept. 6. On our current schedule I believe that’s doable.”

John Becker

John Becker is both a Reporter and Consulting Editor for The Compass. He and his wife Pat operate Abbey Farms in Amsterdam NY.