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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Sep. 26, 201902:39 PM EST

Hal Jones awarded $9.88 million contract to repair Jacksonville Beach Pier

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City officials estimate work will start in early November.
by: Mike Mendenhall Staff Writer

The city awarded Hal Jones Contractor LLC a $9.88 million contract to repair and rebuild the Jacksonville Beach Pier.

A city spokesperson said via email Thursday that work is expected to begin in early November and be completed by November 2021.

Nearly half of the storm-battered structure, at 503 N. First St., was closed after sustaining damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017.

The project includes removing damaged sections 12 to 25 from the pier and rebuilding it to its original 34-section length.

 Hal Jones’ project cost was about $1.98 million more than the city’s $8 million estimate for the project.

The city General Government Awards Committee selected Hal Jones, a Jacksonville-based subsidiary of Vecellio & Grogan Inc, during its Sept. 19 meeting.

Hal Jones proposed the lowest total project cost of the three contractors to submit bids, according to documents from the city’s Procurement Division. Superior Construction Company Southeast LLC of Jacksonville bid $13.18 million and Miami-based Continental Heavy Civil Corp bid $14.45 million.

The contractor also will rebuild and cap some of the pier’s concrete structure piles and install wood deck panels, lighting, plumbing and fire protection.

An addendum to the request for proposals for the project outlines several construction mandates from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for construction near beach dunes.

According to the addendum, Hal Jones will work from a temporary trestle extended from the public parking lot on Fourth Avenue North over the dunes to the end of the construction area.

Although no equipment will be allowed on the restored dunes, the addendum says “some temporary, localized reshaping of the dunes will be allowed” but restoration, including vegetation, will be required.

The contractors will also be responsible for removing and replacing two benches for pier users.

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