WATSONVILLE — A $1.8 million bid for the Pajaro River Bench Excavation Project was approved Monday night by the County of Santa Cruz Flood Control and Water Conservation District Zone 7.
Watsonville-based Pavex Construction was awarded the contract. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin next month.
The $1.8 million bid was the lowest of the eight received. Zone 7 board member Donald Cooley brought up the fact that the original estimate for the first phase of the project was around $2.6 million.
“This is only 71 percent of what the engineers estimated the job would be,” he said. “I hope this doesn’t mean that we get a 75 percent job.”
First District Supervisor John Leopold cited a recent $3 million project completed by Pavex along East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, where they were also the lowest bidder.
“They did very well,” he said. “We’re very happy with that job.”
Watsonville City Councilwoman Nancy Bilicich applauded the awarding of the project to a local contractor, which she said will bring jobs to Watsonville.
The 7.5-mile-long project involves sediment excavation of approximately 300,000 cubic yards at select locations on the banks in the bench areas within the Pajaro River levees from Highway 1 to the Salsipuedes Creek.
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