P. Flanigan Receives Accolades for Exceeding Minority Business Goals in Baltimore Business JournalTuesday, June 14th, 2011
P. Flanigan & Sons reaps $4.8M for Baltimore Grand Prix contract
from Baltimore Business Journal – by Daniel J. Sernovitz, Staff
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:00am EDT
With less than three months to go before Baltimore’s Inner Harbor becomes a drag strip for high-speed race cars, a handful of Baltimore area firms are already cashing in on the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix road race.
Key arteries along the Inner Harbor have been shut down or partially blocked off since the spring, when city contractor P. Flanigan & Sons began preparing downtown Baltimore’s roads for the inaugural street race. Here’s a look at where the money has gone so far:
• $4.8 million to P. Flanigan & Sons as prime contractor;
• $1.2 million to McCormick Taylor, a Philadelphia engineering and planning firm, for road repair designs;
• and $400,000 in construction management and inspection awards, including about $99,000 awarded June 8 to Whitman, Requardt & Associates.
The road work is expected to cost $6.5 million, about a million less than initially projected, according to city transportation officials. Of that, $5 million is coming from federal Surface Transportation Program funds.
The state has set aside another $2.75 million in highway user funds. The city can draw against those funds but will have to repay them by getting less money from Annapolis over the next five years.
City officials say P. Flanigan has exceeded Baltimore’s minority business goals, awarding 33 percent of its project work to minority businesses.
Top among the recipients is AJO Concrete Construction Inc. of Annapolis Junction, with 23 percent of the work; followed by Baldwin Line Construction of Maryland Inc. with 8 percent.
Other subcontractors include:
• East Coast Concrete Specialties, Jessup, 8 percent;
• American Paving Fabrics Inc., Hanover, 1 percent;
• Bay City Construction Inc., Cockeysville, minority business, 1 percent;
• Mid-Atlantic Marking Inc., New Market, 1 percent;
• William T. King Inc., Sparks, minority business, 1 percent.
The work is scheduled to be done by Aug. 8, none too soon for road-weary commuters stuck in traffic.
The end of road work isn’t the end of downtown traffic tie-ups as there will be more road closures as race organizers start cordoning off parts of downtown for the actual race.
But the massive resurfacing efforts on Pratt, Light, Lee and Russell streets are 80 percent completed or more.
Work crews expect to reopen Conway Street, which was closed from Light Street to Charles Street June 6, by June 17.
Beyond that, there will be additional lane closures on Pratt and Light streets for minor repairs but both roads will remain open during that work.
Responding to intense criticism in the media and from motorists, transportation department Director Khalil A. Zaied said he has tried to give motorists as much advance warning as possible to road and lane closures and has tried to minimize the amount of disruption preparations are causing for city drivers. The department has begun sending workers out daily to see where work has been completed and lanes can be reopened.