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A new bridge has been approved to join North Avenue with Henderson Road.

At Thursday's Board of Estimates meeting, members approved a nearly $1.7 million contract to JJID Incorporated for the construction of the North Avenue Bridge over Bynum Run.

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Julio Espinoza, civil engineer, presented the bid and said after the meeting that construction will start this summer.

"They will finish sometime in late spring or the summer of next year," he added.

The board also approved two micro-surfacing projects to American Infrastructure-MD, Inc. The first, at $939,777 is for repairs to almost 12 miles of road, including Daisy Lane, Rose Court and Amoss Road. The second contract, at $2.2 million is for around 26 miles of road throughout the county including Angel Drive and B&O Road.

In addition, board members approved several other bids.

A $76,882 bid was awarded to Towson University's Center for GIS for a GIS system, which according to BRAC Manager Karen Holt, will help BRAC growth and is a web-based land-use planning tool for the region.

The board approved a $76,925 contract to QC Labs Inc. t/a Atlantic Coast Labs for laboratory analysis of water, wastewater and sludge in Harford County, as well as up to $110,000 to A. M. Liner East, Inc. for repair and replacement of sewer lines.

Around $54,000 of the latter contract will be used for payment, after-the-fact, for emergency repairs the company already made, while the rest will be use in case of emergency.

Dukes Root Control Inc. was awarded a $70,000 contract to prevent and remove root problems in sewers. This contract was awarded yearly to Dukes, according to Ed Kimmel, chief of facilities.

Board members approved a change order of $4,944.12 for improvements on Moores Mill Road and to "address a property owner's concerns " and split the project into two phases. This is added to the total, which started at $388,160.76 and with various change orders is at $443,701.68 for STV Incorporated.

A $296,810 bid was approved to Frank J. Goettner Construction Company Inc. for repairs to sidewalks, curbs and handicap ramps throughout the county, as well as one for $72,100 to Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority for environmental monitoring of Harford County landfills.

This award, according to Chief Engineer Dan Pazdersky, of the Department of Public Works, is for the second year of a three-year contract.

The board finished with approving two bids in the Information Systems Department, including one at $76,442.35 to ePlus Technology Inc. for the computer refresh program that replaces older machines in the county.

The other contract was for $135,436.50 to Software House International to upgrade the Microsoft Exchange software from 2003 to 2010.

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