Shelly and Sands Inc. has been selected by Orange Township trustees to construct the East Orange Road improvements project during the next year.

Shelly and Sands Inc. has been selected by Orange Township trustees to construct the East Orange Road improvements project during the next year.

Trustees unanimously picked the Columbus company over four other construction companies during a special meeting April 23. Shelly and Sands was the low bidder for the project with a base bid of $4,250,598 and an additional bid of $313,142 to build a multi-use trail on Orange Road.

The township had estimated the road-widening project between South Old State Road and Bale Kenyon Road would cost about $4.7-million. The project will include three roundabouts.

Other companies and their bids were: Trucco Construction Co. Inc. of Delaware ($4,549,097 and $390,796 respectively); Complete General Construction of Columbus ($4,680,589 and $405,720); George J. Igel of Columbus ($4,832,678 and $354,275); and Kokosing Construction Co. Inc. of Westerville ($4,881,569 and $324,346).

"The bidding process went extremely smoothly. I thought we got great bids," Scott Overturf, who oversees construction projects for the township, told trustees Friday.

"Shelly and Sands is a very good company. We have a good history with them," Overturf said.

Shelly and Sands has worked on various projects in the township in recent years, including roadway resurfacing, officials said.

Overturf anticipates work will begin this month with completion expected in May 2011.

The project will be done in phases with the initial work on Orange Road just east of Walker Woods Boulevard. Officials hope traffic can be maintained during the project, but some closures and detours are expected.

Also at the meeting, trustees rescheduled a public hearing on proposed amendments to the township zoning resolution.

The new hearing date is at the trustees' regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Trustees president Nelson Katz noted that when trustees met April 19 and scheduled an April 29 hearing, they overlooked a 10-day delay required so the public can be notified.

Trustees have said the amendments will allow more flexibility in the assignment of zoning secretary duties and make the job more efficient.

In March, the zoning commission unanimously rejected the amendments, saying the secretary's position functions well and shouldn't be changed.