Undercrossing bids are lower than expected

March 2, 2010

By Staff

The city received a $1.4 million bid to build the Interstate 90 Undercrossing — almost $1 million less than engineers had estimated. City planners opened construction bids last month for the proposed roadway.The city will likely award the contract to MidMountain Contractors, a Kirkland construction company and the lowest bidder.

Officials received 13 bids ranging from $1.4 million to $2.1 million for the project. Planners will check the bids for accuracy and completeness, and then send a contract to the City Council for approval in March.

The undercrossing, when completed, will link Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street via a two-lane roadway built from the traffic signal at the post office. Planners hope the north-south connector will cut traffic congestion on Front Street and state Route 900.

After the City Council awards a construction contract, work will begin at the site within the next few months.

Officials budgeted about $3 million for undercrossing work in 2010. The overall cost of the endeavor included in the Capital Improvement Program — a sweeping guide to all types of city projects — is $13 million.

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