City opens bids for dangerous intersection safety upgrade

May 3, 2011

By Staff

City planners opened bids for upgrades to the accident-prone Southeast 56th Street and 221st Place Southeast intersection April 18.

The city received bids from four contractors to upgrade the intersection near the Brown Bear Car Wash and a FedEx center. Engineers estimated the cost of the construction from $95,000 to $100,000. The city received bids from $80,963.03 to $111,086.05. The low bidder is North Bend-based Judge Electrical.

The city then plans to check the proposals for accuracy and completeness prior to awarding the contract in accordance with state bidding laws.

Plans call for crews to add a dual eastbound left-turn lane and convert the northbound and southbound traffic signals to include dedicated turn signals.

The intersection is the site of the highest number of accidents in the city. In 2009, City Council members authorized the municipal Public Works Engineering Department to design safety improvements for the intersection.

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