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More Updates to Jackson Avenue Project

The Department of Public Works (DPW) secured approximately $3.6 million in stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the Jackson Avenue project. The project includes improvements to Jackson Avenue from Jericho Turnpike to the railroad tracks and also includes the realignment of Jackson Avenue along that stretch of the road.

The process was moving forward and the DPW said that the review process, which was the next phase, was nearing completion and they were preparing for open bidding on the project, which was scheduled to take place on Nov. 5.

On Nov. 4, one day prior to the bidding opening, DPW was informed by New York State that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was still doing a detailed review of the project documents and the bids should not be opened on Nov. 5 so as not to jeopardize the ARRA Funding, this according to Raymond Stefanowicz, P.E., senior deputy commissioner for the Nassau County Department of Public Works.

DPW received the New York State Certification on Nov. 10, which DPW said was significant, as it brings the project closer to realization.

For DPW’s previous ARRA Funded Projects this approval process generally followed within one week of certification. As a result, DPW is maintaining the November 24 date for the receipt of bids from contractors for the Jackson Avenue construction.

According to the DPW, they will immediately follow the bid opening with the usual administrative process of verifying the bid results, checking references if necessary and making a recommendation for the award of the construction contract.

According to Stefanowicz, the DPW is anticipating the recommendation will be presented to the Legislature’s Rules Committee for the first session in December.