Tacoma Bid Watch: Police body cameras, Fire Station No. 11, and Prairie Line Trail

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 by the City of Tacoma.

The City has issued a Request For Information (RFI) from contractors regarding a 30-day pilot project to test five cameras to be worn by Tacoma police officers, according to a legal notice published this week in the Tacoma Daily Index. Information prepared by City staff shows the Tacoma Police Department plans to implement the pilot project within the next 90 days, and is collecting literature on the latest body cameras, evidence transfer modules, and online storage. Manufacturers or authorized distributors who can sell these products are encouraged to submit their letter of interest, technical data, safety data sheets, warranty, brochures, suggested price lists, and a sample of the product for review. The deadline to respond to the RFI expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., April 12. More information is available online here and here.

Following up on an item reported earlier in the Tacoma Daily Index, three contractors responded to the City’s call for bids to complete improvements to the Prairie Line Trail. According to bid documents prepared by City staff, the project involves creating a one-third of a mile addition to the trail by constructing a 14-foot-wide concrete shared used bike path from Pacific Avenue to 15th Street, and then improving the sidewalk over the 15th Street Bridge down to Dock Street. In addition, contractors will install lighting, benches, crosswalks, directional signage, plants, retaining walls, and construct a storm water swale along Hood Street. The project budget is estimated at $2.3 million. The bid deadline expired at 11 a.m. on Tues., March 22. Information posted on the City’s Web site shows the following contractors responded to the call for bids: Road Construction Northwest Inc. (Renton, Wash. — $2,723,071.63); Massana Construction Inc. (Gig Harbor, Wash. — $2,755,676.96); and C. A. Carey Corporation (Issaquah, Wash. — $3,005,364.29).

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One contractor responded to the City’s call for bids to build and install an ornamental fence at Fire Station No. 11, located at 3802 McKinley Ave., in Tacoma. According to bid documents prepared by City staff, the project budget is estimated at $22,000 and the bid deadline expired at 11 a.m. on Weds., March 23. Information posted on the City’s Web site shows All Around Fence Co. (Ravensdale, Wash. — $16,753.50) responded to the call for bids.

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The City is accepting bids from contractors to provide novelty vendor services during Tacoma Dome events, according to a legal notice published in the Tacoma Daily Index. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., March 29. More information is available online here and here.

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Finally, the City is accepting bids from contractors to provide engineering consultant services for material testing related to Phase Four of the construction of the historic Water Flume Line Trail, according to a legal notice published in the Tacoma Daily Index. Bid documents prepared by City staff show the project involves the sampling and testing of roadway construction materials such as hot mix asphalt, cement concrete, grout, aggregates, soils, and concrete masonry units. The project budget is estimated at The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., April 12. More information is available online here and here.

Tacoma's historic Water Flume Line Trail. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Tacoma’s historic Water Flume Line Trail. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

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