By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 3:16 pm in Lafayette.
The Lafayette City Council decided last night not to send the Murray Lane Trail project for another round of bidding and instead awarded a construction contract to the next-lowest bidder.
City officials asked the council to rebid the project after the “original” lowest bidder had to back out because it could not obtain financing for the project.
The difference isn’t insignificant. The “new” lowest bidder, Grade Tech, Inc., came in with price if $309,778. That’s $100,000 more than the original lowest bidder, Ameca Engineering. But the project is still under the city engineer’s estimate of $330,000, which is why the council opted not to rebid, said City Manager Steven Falk.
Engineering Services Director Tony Coe said the city will hammer out the final details of the contract with Grade Tech and construction should begin shortly thereafter.