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ANDREW TOBIAS

Staff Writer

After previous bids came in too high, Delaware County commissioners have rebid a contract for a project county engineers hope will help improve traffic flow on Sawmill Parkway.

Commissioners on Monday voted to seek bids for the second time for an estimated $289,000 contract to build a new traffic light at Sawmill Parkway and North Hampton Drive in Liberty Township, and to install electronic equipment at 10 intersections along the stretch of Sawmill Parkway between Seldom Seen Road and the Franklin County line.

The project would install cameras and electronic equipment at the intersections that would help synchronize traffic light patterns. The cameras would not be used to ticket people who speed or run the stop signs, county engineers have stressed.

Commissioners in June previously bid out the same contract, estimating at that time a construction cost of $251,000. However, Bauserman said all bids came in more than 10 percent higher than the original estimated cost, requiring the rebid. The technological components apparently cost more than county engineers initially thought, Bauserman said.

The lowest bid the county got back was still more than $290,000, Bauserman said.

“It’s caused us to look at the project a little differently. We changed the design to replace more expensive components,” Bauserman said.

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