A Baltimore-based company is one of the leading contenders to help Ocean City rebuild its famous but deteriorating boardwalk.
The Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore submitted the "apparent low bid" to supply lumber for the first phase of the two-year project, said Terry McGean, city engineer of the resort town. Grasmick was one of 18 companies competing to supply the yellow pine decking needed for the work, and its base offer of $602,250 for 56,040 pieces of lumber was below the city's estimate of nearly $621,000, McGean said. Bids were opened Tuesday.
The project sparked controversy last year when Town Council members indicated they might consider replacing part of the three-mile-long wooden boardwalk with a concrete center lane for trams that would last longer and have lower maintenance costs. Leaders eventually decided on an all-wood deck and a concrete substructure.