County seeks proposals to fix ferry’s landing

A request for proposals has been issued for a ferry in South Putnam County, while bids from another request near the ferry are expected to be decided next week. 

On Thursday, the Putnam County Public Works Department put out its request for bids to repair the east wooden landing of Fort Gates Ferry. 

Work on the ferry landing, about 1.2 miles west of County Road 309 near Crescent City, will include the removal of the existing structure, construction of decking and the installation of a steel ramp. 

Public Works Director Press Tompkins said the landing repair is one of two projects slated to occur near the ferry. 

On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners will vote select a contractor to begin resurfacing Fort Gates Ferry Road. 

But the east landing repairs aren’t directly related to the road resurfacing, Tompkins said. 

“This is just a bit and piece of it,” Tompkins said of the landing repairs. “This is just to fix the ferry … from before the hurricane.”

The cost of the east landing repairs hasn’t been finalized, but the project is being funded through the state Department of Transportation Small County Outreach Program.

Because the request for the ferry landing repair project was announced only two days ago, Tompkins said he doesn’t know how many companies would submit a bid. 

If this project is like many of Public Works’ previous project, Tompkins said, there should be considerable amount of interest in the project. 

“We’ve been getting about four or five bids on our projects,” he said. 

Prospective bidders have until 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2 to submit a bid, but there is a mandatory pre-bid meeting 10 a.m. July 18. 

Tompkins said those meetings are a great chance for interested companies to ask questions about projects up for bid to decide whether they want to bid. 

There have been great things to come from those meetings, he said. But a fair amount of contractors have decided to not pursue projects after attending pre-bid meetings, Tompkins said. 

“It kind of just weeds it out a little,” he said. 

On Tuesday, Tompkins will present the commissioners with six companies that have bid on the Fort Gates Ferry Road resurfacing project, which will be located from Mount Royal Avenue to the Fort Gates Ferry north landing. 

Public Works has recommended Ormond Beach-based Halifax Paving Inc., which submitted the lowest bid at $670,000. 

No local contractors submitted a bid, but Tompkins said he was pleased with the number of companies who showed interest in the project. 

“It was very competitive bidding,” he said.

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