DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - The Coppola Paving and Landscaping Corporation was awarded the bid for the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Stabilization Project Wednesday night. Coppola Paving President Eric Coppola was in attendance to answer questions after his company was selected with a bid of $1.378 million.
"This is something that's been in the works for many, many years," said Mayor Hartley Connett.
Due to an eroding shoreline, large chunks of the waterfront including the park are at risk and the creation of a new wall will help prevent that. The village also plans to add further amenities to the Waterfront Park including new benches, walkways, a new pier and canoe launch area.
There were 18 bids received by the village for the stabilization project. Matt Daniels, a representative of the engineering firm McLaren Engineering Group, broke down the process of recommending Coppola's business for the project. In May an invitation was put out and the village started accepting bids for the project, which were opened in late June. Coppola came in with the second lowest bid and, after reviewing references and past work, Daniels said the engineering group was confident in selecting Coppola.
"Coppola came highly recommended," Daniels said. "They did demonstrate they were able to do a job this size."
The project itself involves the removal and rebuilding of a sheet pile wall on the waterfront. The current wall has been in place for several decades.
"We would expect [it would last] a minimum of 25 years," Daniels said. "It's definitely a far superior design to what is there now."
The board peppered Coppola with questions about how the work could potentially affect the local area during construction.
"We will be playing with the times of when we're working due to the tides," Coppola said.
He added that the biggest concern would be the time of day materials were delivered, but said it would all take place during rush hours.
The bid was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees and Connett was optimistic about the day the new project will break ground.
"It's going to be a big day in Dobbs Ferry," he said.
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