Tacoma Bid Watch: Building demolitions, tide flats road repairs, and South Tacoma Way revamp

The Tacoma Daily Index often publishes the City of Tacoma’s calls for bids asking contractors to meet the City’s needs on a range of supplies, services, and projects. Here is a short-list of some recent and notable calls for bids issued from Tacoma City Hall.

First, the City is accepting bids to demolish three derelict and abandoned buildings in Tacoma. The first building — a 925-square-foot, 52-year-old single-family residence is located at 1027 E. 60th St. The project budget is estimated at $12,000 to $16,000. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Fri., March 20. More information is available online here. The second building — a 716-square-foot, 72-year-old single-family residence — is located at 6956 S. Stevens St. The project budget is estimated at $12,000 to $15,000. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Fri., March 20. More information is available online here. The third building — a 1,382-square-foot, 109-year-old single-family residence — is located at 2236 E. 32nd St. The project budget is estimated at $20,000. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Fri., March 20. More information is available online here.

The Tacoma Daily Index has followed demolitions related to derelict and abandoned buildings because it has proved to be a popular topic among our readers (see “Top Stories 2014: #6 — Dangerous Domains,” Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 23, 2014). For complete and comprehensive coverage of the issue, click on the following links:

Second, the City is accepting bids on a project to make roadway and sidewalk improvements to an area near East 11th Street and Portland Avenue East on the Port of Tacoma tide flats. Bid documents prepared by City staff show the project involves removing asphalt pavement, removing and replacing sidewalks, excavating roadways, constructing concrete curbs and gutters, and installing topsoil and wood chips. The project budget is estimated at $16,000. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Thurs., March 12. More information is available online here. Incidentally, the project is located near the base of the west end of the century-old East 11th Street Bridge, which spans the Puyallup River and was closed last summer to all vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic for public safety concerns due to deteriorating joints, beams, and trusses (see “Tacoma’s East 11th Street Bridge will close Friday,” Tacoma Daily Index, July 15, 2014; and “City of Tacoma to close East 11th Street Puyallup River Bridge,” Tacoma Daily Index, July 1, 2014).

Third, following up on an item reported earlier in the Tacoma Daily Index, the City has re-bid a project that aims to bring a range of road improvements along a significant stretch of South Tacoma Way.

Bid documents prepared by City staff show the project calls for an asphalt overlay, ADA ramps, sidewalk, curbs, gutters, and streetlights on South Tacoma Way, between South 56th Street and South 66th Street, as well as South 43rd Street and South 47th Street. The project also aims to improve two sections of the Water Ditch Trail — first, the traffic signal at South 58th Street will be upgraded to better serve pedestrians; and second, the Water Ditch Trail will be constructed between South Tacoma Way and the new Sounder Station. The budget is estimated between $2.7 million and $3 million.

The bid deadline has been revised five times since the project was originally put out for bid in December (see “Tacoma Bid Watch: Hilltop swimming pool, transient camp clean ups, and South Tacoma Way revamp,” Tacoma Daily Index, Feb. 12, 2015; “Tacoma Bid Watch: Chinese Reconciliation Park update, transient camp cleanups, and ADA improvements,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 29, 2015; “Tacoma Bid Watch: 3 acres for sale, fire simulation training, and building demolition updates,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 22, 2015; “Tacoma Bid Watch: Foss Waterway Esplanade, ammo recycling, and People’s Community Center swimming pool,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 13, 2015; and “Tacoma Bid Watch: Gangs, graffiti, and South Tacoma Way / Water Ditch Trail upgrades,” Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 9, 2014).

The following contractors bid on the project last month, according to information on the City’s Web site: Olivas Valdez, Inc. (La Center, Wash. — $2,836,236.00); Miles Resources LLC (Puyallup, Wash. — $3,040,054.45); Stan Palmer Construction (Bremerton, Wash. — $2,738,636.00); Tucci & Sons (Tacoma, Wash. — $2,865,659.35); and Westwater Construction (Aubrun, Wash. — $3,720,503.00).

On Mon., March 10, the City put the project out for bid again. The new deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., March 31. More information is available online at cityoftacoma.org.

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Finally, following up on an item reported earlier in the Tacoma Daily Index (see “Tacoma Bid Watch: Port of Tacoma Road, South 56th Street signage, and a billiard table,” Tacoma Daily Index, March 3, 2015), the bid deadline is set to expire this week on a project to install City-supplied signs on existing posts along South 56th Street, replace posts where required, and return salvaged signs to the City, according to information on the City’s Web site. The project budget is estimated at approximately $10,000 to $12,000. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Thurs., March 12. More information is available online here. Earlier this year, the City awarded a contract to install a gateway entrance sign near the intersection of South 56th Street and South Orchard Street (see “Tacoma Bid Watch: Fire simulation training, ADA street improvements, and gateway signage,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 6, 2015).

To read earlier installments of Tacoma Bid Watch, click on the following links: