At a public meeting at the Goodland Boat Park on May 18, Collier County (CC) officials announced that construction would begin on the replacement of Goodland’s main water line, beginning, on May 30th with an anticipated completion date of October 1st. Originally scheduled to begin in November 2016, that date was scrubbed, after objections by Goodland merchants that the construction would come at the height of the tourist season, possibly causing congestion on Goodland Road. Quality Enterprises
(QE) of Naples was low bidder the first time around, coming in with a bid of $612,305. Following postponement of the start date, new bids were called for with QE again being the low bidder, but this time at $1,093,186.Oscar Martinez, CC’s principal project manager said that much of the difference was due to the fact that the first bid did not include the cost of materials, which the county was going to furnish. Under the terms of the second bid, QE will buy the necessary materials. The affected part of Goodland Road will be from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s), Martinez said. There will be periodic one-lane closures.
The meeting was attended by at least nine
Goodland residents, which included representatives of three local merchants, and Commissioner Donna
Fiala, who has supported this project from the beginning. “I was told that this pipe wouldn’t last another year,” Fiala said. Pam Libbyof the Collier County Water
Department said that some of the line is 50 years old.
“Since there is only one line coming in to Goodland, we need to make sure that there is something we can depend on as a reliable source of water for Goodland,” she said. Representatives from the participating contractors were also present. They are Grady Minor, the principal engineer and designer, Quality Enterprises, the construction contractor, and AECOM, a Fortune 500 engineering company who will be the county’s eyes and ears, during construction. For details of how the construction will proceed see “Goodland Water Line Replacement – What will Happen” at coastalbreezenews.com.
For additional information on the construction, call Grady Minor’s project information line at 239-319-972.