SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — Bids for the first phase of a project to build about 12 miles of sewer lines are $1.1 million more than anticipated.

Rudzic Excavating, Struthers, Ohio, was the low bidder with a $8.448 million bid, and Penn-Ohio Electric, Masury, was the low bidder for the electrical piece of the project with a $138,000 bid, Shenango Township Municipal Authority members reported at its meeting Wednesday.

A couple reasons were given by authority members for the higher-than-expected costs. The estimates were created in May 2018 so more than a year has passed.

“And this is in the middle of the construction season," authority member Tom Hubert said. "That might have caused a higher bid."

The township is subject to a consent order from the state Department of Environmental Protection to install the additional sewer lines.

The authority considered several options, including rebidding the project, before deciding to seek more money from PennVEST, the state's infrastructure funding agency. PennVEST awarded the authority a $2.1 million grant and a $7.87 million low-interest loan for the entire project.

Hubert said the authority will submit any additional paperwork necessary before PennVEST's next meeting on Aug. 7.

West Middlesex's authority has said few, if any, new sewer lines will be added in town and for the joint project and that it would be responsible only for a portion of the estimated $1 million upgrade of the sewer plant.

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