Road work on University Avenue may begin in a week or two now that a contractor has been chosen by the Utah Department of Transportation to complete the reconstruction and resurfacing work.

Geneva Rock Products of Orem was the low bidder at $2.27 million, $500,000 less than what UDOT estimated costs would be.Only three bids were made on the project, and all were under the UDOT estimate, said Kevin Beckstrom, UDOT public information officer. The transportation department will now review the bids before working out the contract with the company.

Construction was originally scheduled to begin in March, but on Mar. 1 UDOT officials said work would be delayed until May 1 because of the holdups in the department's review process. Some shuffling, however, has put the project closer to its original schedule.

Once a contract is signed, the company will have 95 working days or 140 calendar days (about six months) to complete road work.

University Avenue reconstruction will extend from Fifth South to Eighth North. The new road will be the same width as the present road with four lanes and a center turn median.

Linda Walton, director of the Association of Involved Merchants, said a pre-construction meeting will be held in the next week to look at the contractor calendar. Merchants will then know exactly when their blocks will be under construction.

H.E. Davis and Sons of Salem and M.C. Green of Centerville were the other contractors with bids for the work.

Beckstrom said the low bids are good news for UDOT. "It means we can save money. It makes us feel good with all three under."