Cold and snowy again, after record cold, then record warmth, and expected to be warm again this weekend and next week. Even the dead of the winter passes quickly. A reminder to anyone contemplating a construction project this year that NOW is the time to begin engineering. Bidding in late winter and early spring (February and March) normally results in the best bid prices. In order to follow this timeline designs should be underway now, or at a minimum should begin in February. Advertising for bids in February or March results in opening bids in March or April, allowing construction to being in April or May, ideal spring weather.
This of course applies to projects that don’t require Permits or Agency approvals. You should add at least a month to be safe for even a simple E&S Plan. DEP General Permits, such as for waterway obstructions (bridges and culverts) normally take 2-4 months, depending on complexity. More complicated approval processes such as Land Development Planning, DEP/Army Corps of Engineers Joint Permits, Act 537 Plans normally take upwards of 6 months.
Of course, if projects aren’t started on this time line, there’s still time to build this year, but the sooner engineering begins, the more control you have over the schedule. Every year we bid and construct projects in the fall. Ideally this should be by choice, not by necessity.
Call us if you want us to come examine a potential project, we would be happy to do so at no cost.