While some people undoubtedly frolicked in the sun these past two days, you can bet there are contractors in the area with their noses to calculators, refining their bids for one of the city's largest contracts in these lean times.
On April 8, bids are due for the city's summer paving program, and the price range is $700,000 to $900,000. On tap for improvement are several segments of Academy Boulevard, Woodmen Road, Circle Drive and Citadel Drive, among others.
During economic downturns, the city often gets more bids than it would in normal times, because contractors are hungry. Jobs that used to bring in four or five bids during a robust economy can draw 10 or 12 in bad times. One pending bid, for example, lists 23 potential bidders who have shown interest. The city saves money, because bidders are willing to shave their prices to get the work.
But there's a lot of paperwork. The paving bid documents run 118 pages.