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Sue Bush
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Maxymillian Low Bidder For Greylock Parkway

12:00AM / Thursday, December 14, 2006

Boston – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation opened construction contractor bids for the Mt. Greylock Historic Parkway Rehabilitation Project in northern Berkshire County on Dec. 13. DCR reported receiving four bids, with the apparent lowest eligible bidder being J. H. Maxymillian, Inc. of Pittsfield with a total bid of $14,054,241.

The Historic Parkway Rehabilitation Project, when completed, is expected to cost over $21 million and is the largest single capital improvement project ever undertaken in the Massachusetts state park system.

Additional bidders include Petricca Construction Co. of Pittsfield, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons of Holyoke, and The Lane Construction Corporation of Pittsfield. DCR is reviewing all of the bids and expects to make a formal award of the contract within two weeks.


“The Mt Greylock Historic Parkway Rehabilitation project has reached an important milestone with this bid opening,” said DCR Commissioner Stephen H. Burrington. “Bids received were in line with the project construction cost estimate and we expect to be able to proceed to the next phases of the project which, when successfully completed, will lead to construction in the spring of 2007. Parkway rehabilitation will produce new construction jobs and create an enhanced attraction for the Northern Berkshires.”

A public meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2007. DCR anticipates signing the construction contract prior to the meeting, so information on the schedule, project milestones, and operation of the reservation during construction will be discussed in detail.

The 13.5 miles of historic parkway at Mount Greylock consist of three roads: Rockwell Road (7.3 miles), Notch Road (5.72 miles) and Summit Road (0.77 miles). The goal of the project is to rehabilitate the historic parkway system in a manner that balances safety, recreation, conservation and historic landscape preservation.

The rehabilitation project will include repairs to bring the roads to current transportation and safety standards; rehabilitation of historic features including overlooks, stone walls, culverts, and vistas; replacement of concrete bollards with historically appropriate steel-backed timber guardrails to simulate the original CCC-built timber barriers; repair of the drainage system; installation of a septic line under the Summit Road for future use; a plan for future removal of obtrusive overhead electrical lines at the Adams Overlook on Summit Road; and plan for interpretive features to enhance overlooks and other locales.

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