After a year of legal wrangling, a stop-work order and a second bid, the work on the Exit 122/Route 17 project in the Town of Wallkill has gone to the same company that had the job at this time last year.
A. Servidone/B. Anthony Construction, which was the low bidder at $68.41 million, got the work, according to the state comptroller’s office. Servidone was the second-lowest bidder last year, and was also awarded the work; Servidone agreed to a project labor agreement — an agreement between an employer and unions setting a project’s costs before work starts — which last year’s low bidder, Lancaster Construction, didn’t. Lancaster sued, and a judge ordered the work stopped in March. The state rebid the project in July, this time after doing a study that concluded a PLA would benefit the project.
Most local politicians and organized labor backed the PLA on the Exit 122 project, saying it guarantees good wages and use of local workers; many contractors and business groups oppose them, saying they drive up costs. Lancaster sued the state again in August over the inclusion of a PLA in the rebid terms; this suit is still pending.
The exit’s reconstruction is part of the ongoing upgrade of Route 17 into Interstate 86, and will improve access to a busy and growing area of town that includes Orange Regional Medical Center.
The other bidders were Yonkers Contracting, at $68.52 million; Halmar Internation, at $68.67 million; and Tully Construction, at $68.82 million.