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The City published an advertisement for a Request of Bids on June 16, 2018 for construction of the Third Street Bridge Project. The components of the project include installing a new 44-foot bridge over Paradise Creek along Third Street with approximately 200 feet of roadway and sidewalk improvements as well as lighting.
The City’s Request for Bids allowed potential bidders to use two separate alternative construction schedules, one requiring substantial completion of all work within 150 calendar days with an allowance for the contractor to suspend work during the winter. Under this alternative, the contractor would begin construction as soon as contracts could be finalized, and either complete the project in the current calendar year, or implement a winter shut-down with the contract time temporarily suspended during winter months. Under the second alternative, although contracts would be finalized, the contractor could delay the construction of the bridge until the 2019 construction season, but would be required to begin the work no later than May 1, 2019, with the same 150 calendar days allowed to complete the work.
Keller Associates, the design engineer on the Third Street Multi-modal Bridge Project, had provided an Engineer's Estimate for the project on June 14, 2018, of $598,906, not including a 15% construction contingency of almost $90,000.
Two responsive bids were received on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The apparent low bid was submitted by Clearwater Construction and Management Company of Spokane, Washington in the amount of $920,957 for both alternatives. The bids received from NNAC Construction of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho were $976,895 for the first alternative and $976,166 for the second alternative.
Moscow Public Works Director Les MacDonald will bring the bid results before Moscow City Council July 16, 2018 Council meeting. He is expected to recommend that the City Council reject all bids and seeking further direction, which may include putting the project out for another bid during the winter of 2018-2019.
Mayor Bill Lambert said “In the current economic climate, we have seen the costs of construction skyrocket. Despite our disappointment with these high bids, the Third Street Bridge Project and the multi-modal improvements to the Third Street transportation corridor are still a high priority and a goal of the City Council. It is my hope that re-bidding outside of the current construction season will allow us to obtain favorable bids.”