TRENTON – The state received four bids in its quest to have the discontinued Petty’s Run archaeological dig site adjacent to the Statehouse covered over.
The Department of Environmental Protection reported that Rocon Contracting of Brielle was the low bidder at $371,000.
The state had issued requests for bids, having set a price of $410,000 for the work.
DEP reported the other three bids:
Schneider Restoration Inc., Newtown, Pa., $447,900
H and G Contractors Inc., Ridgewood, $469,620
Elk Pipeline Inc., also doing business as Crown Pipeline Construction, Franklinville, $689,000
DEP spokesman Larry Ragonese said the state will examine each bid, check out company backgrounds, and proceed from there.
The state last year shut down archaeological work at Petty’s Run, the site of an 18th-century mill, stating the budget problems outweighed the historic value of whatever artifacts were being unearthed.
A group of protesters from the Trenton Historical Society demonstrated outside the Statehouse Tuesday in hopes of changing the state’s minds.
Legislation to protect the site has passed the Assembly and is working its way through the Senate.