NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Carolina Beach Town Council members awarded a contract Tuesday to Paragon Building Corporation, of Wilmington, for the Boardwalk Northern Extension Project.
Paragon Building Corporation proposed the lowest of three bids at $727,211. Civil Works Contracting proposed $728,882 for the project, while Intercoastal Marine proposed the highest amount at $838,575.
The project, which is expected to begin in March, will extend the boardwalk north an additional 875 feet from Harper Avenue to Pelican Lane. Officials hope to have the project complete by June.
Council originally proposed the extension be added before the boardwalk improvements were completed in March 2015.
However, members of the Coastal Resources Commission told council they had concerns with how the addition would impact residents living nearby, so council withdrew their proposal.
After revisions were made, the CRC approved the town council's proposal in November 2015.
However, council ran into another delay when trying to award a bidder earlier this year.
According to state statute, there has to be at least three bids on a project before a construction contract can be awarded.
The first open bid session brought in only one offer.
As a result, council had to re-advertise and bid again, which was a cost of a couple hundred dollars according to the Town Manager Michael Cramer.