NEW BRITAIN - With only a couple of months until construction season begins, the Common Council is expected to approve a contract with a Bristol company to work on the Beehive Bridge project.
On Jan. 9, the city opened bids for the two-year, $7-million-plus project, which will revamp the section of Main Street that runs over Route 72.
With bids from six competitors, Public Works Director Mark Moriarty picked low bidder Martin Laviero Contractor Inc., which offered $7,495,628. About $2.37 million will come from city bonding, more than $2.7 million from state grants and $1.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration. The remaining money will come from miscellaneous grants.
The project, the fifth phase of the city’s Complete Streets master plan, is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.
The Common Council, which meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. in City Hall’s Council Chambers, is also expected to accept a few state grants related to after-school programs.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is requesting approval of two after-school grants from the state Department of Education and a Housing and Urban Development grant totaling $348,920. This is year one of the two-year After School Grant.
Students in grades 3 through 5 will be attending the program from 3:35 to 5:45 p.m.
The grants will fund the program’s major components and themes: academic support, enrichment, recreation and wellness and family engagement.
The parks department provides after-school programs at seven elementary schools: Chamberlain, Gaffney, Jefferson, Lincoln, Northend, Smith and Smalley.