The city's procurement department advises the contract was awarded using a Request for Proposals process (Best Value), not a low bid process. The evaluation criteria included construction phasing and traffic control, cost, project approach, qualifications, construction schedule and overall quality and value of the proposal.
Here are the bids:
Lawrence Construction, $22,549,801.77
Kiewit Infrastructure, $27,705,467.50
Wildcat Construction, $24,963,041.82
Sema Construction, $25,632,572.20
Blue Ridge Construction, $25,334,981.20
Also, Mike Chaves, an engineer with the city, says the contract is to be considered by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority board in May and likely will begin in July.
—————ORIGINAL POST, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1:09 P.M.—————
Widening of the Austin Bluffs Parkway corridor will get under way WHEN, after the city chose a Littleton company for the $22.4 million contract.
Lawrence Construction Co. was one of five bidders, which included another Littleton firm, Kiewit Infrastructure; Sema Construction of Centennial, and two firms from Colorado Springs, Wildcat Construction Co., Inc., and Blue Ridge Construction.
According to the city's procurement website, Lawrence was chosen as "the highest ranked firm." We've asked for bids from each of the five and will report back if and when we receive a response to our request from the city.
Project objectives, according to the city's website:
Improved east-west mobility per the East-West Mobility Study
Reduce accidents and congestion at signalized intersections
Enhance roadway capacity and safety
Adhere to the City's "complete streets" concept along the corridor
The project follows the construction of an interchange at Austin Bluffs and Union Boulevard, which opened Sept. 11, 2008, and cost $35.8 million.
That project at the new one are funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, supported with a 1 percent sales tax approved by voters.
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