Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bids below estimates for Sound Transit tunnel boring work

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Seattle’s Sound Transit has begun reviewing bids for tunnel boring work required for its $1.9 billion University Link light rail transit extension, set to commence early next year. The work would connect Seattle’s existing transit tunnel with Capitol Hill, with the extension set to open in 2016.

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Sound Transit reports the estimated costs came in below expectations. The lowest bid of $153.6 million submitted by JCM U-Link Joint Venture was $20.7 million, or 12%, below an engineering estimate. The joint venture comprises Jay Dee Contractors, Frank Collucio Construction Co., and Michaels Corp. A second bid, at $154.1 million, was submitted by a Kenny Construction/J.F. Shea Construction Co. joint venture.

Sound Transit’s Board of Directors expects to select a winning bid this fall.