Undercrossing bids are lower than expected
March 2, 2010
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.