Wildflower/Trilliam Way intersect bottom looking south
The Select Board on Monday night unanimously approved recommending to Town Meeting $3 million in borrowing to complete phase 2 of the Amherst Woods Sewer project.
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The original guestimate for the entire project was $4.2 million but then our consultant, CDM Smith, seemingly got it down to $3 million, which was approved by Town Meeting in 2011.
But during the final bid process it was discovered that estimate was a tad too optimistic. By a LOT.
So the actual total cost is now $6 million, hence the need to borrow another $3 million.
The mistake was simply in properly estimating the cost of the work -- which was always really $6 million from the get go -- so it's not like they made a mistake that required costly additional correction work to rectify it.
And they are providing extra services without billing for it as a make good.
Yes, the town is also using CDM Smith for the roundabout project at E. Pleasant/Triangle Street but DPW Chief Guilford Morring says that it's different set of consultants from another city branch.
Iduna Lane (right) also on the list
Unlike the design mistake with the $10 million UMass Paradis steam plant that resulted in a total loss