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Chesterfield saves on road construction in downed economy


Chesterfield officials say a decision to make road work a priority during a tough economy saved millions of taxpayer dollars.  

Chesterfield saved a lot of money by doing construction projects on Woolridge Road Crossing at Swift Creek Reservoir and the Powhite Parkway when they did.

"Just the timing, we were hitting the market when everybody else was struggling with the economy," said John McCracken, Director of Transportation.

That meant construction bids came in low; officials say up to 30 percent less than what the engineers had predicted.

While Chesterfield was saving money on that project, they were also putting people in our area back to work during a very difficult time.

"We were able to put a lot of our work on the streets to get bids for it and we got some great bids, and keep a lot of people who were still working here locally which was good for both of us," said McCracken.

The bid for the project on Woolridge Road came in $2.4 million below the estimate. The bid for the Powhite Parkway came in $1.5 million below the estimate, a total of almost $4 million in savings.

Chesterfield officials say some of the money went back to utilities and some of it went to even more road projects.

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