FARMINGTON -- Using a philosophy of spending more now to save costs down the road, the Davis County Commission will pay more than $1.1 million to have a 2-inch asphalt overlay added to the surface of the Antelope Island causeway.
On Tuesday, the commission approved an agreement with Staker Parson Companies to perform the work beginning in May.
The Ogden company, one of four companies submitting bids for the work, offered the low bid of $1,144,770 for the project.
"It is very close to the budget that we have for that project," said Kirk Schmalz, director of Davis County Public Works.
The county, in prequalifying bidders, asked companies to also submit alternative bids to place a less expensive 1 1/2-inch asphalt overlay on the road.
Schmalz said the county requested alternative bids to ensure the county had budgeted the necessary funds for the work.
"In the long term, (the 2-inch overlay) should be a better savings," said Commissioner Bret Millburn.
The thicker surface should add longevity to the project, he said.
The intent is to award the bid on May 15 and have the project completed within a two-week period, Schmalz said.
"It's a straight shot. Minimal traffic."
Doing work during that time of year will force construction crews to contend with the small flying insects known as "noseeums" that hover around the island causeway, said Commissioner Louenda Downs.
She jokingly suggested the county could offer the workers something similar to a gas mask to protect them from the biting insects.