Tacoma Bid Watch: Port of Tacoma Road, South 56th Street signage, and a billiard table

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 on a major public works project that will reconstruct a nearly-1.5-mile section of Port of Tacoma Road, according to a legal notice published this week in the Tacoma Daily Index. According to City and Port officials, the asphalt road serves as the main truck route into the Port’s industrial area, and is currently in poor condition. Bid documents prepared by City staff show the $9.25 million project will replace approximately 7,800 feet of Port of Tacoma Road (between East 11th Street to Marshall Avenue) with concrete to better withstand heavy truck traffic. The project also complete several missing segments of sidewalk, which will meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; install permanent traffic signals at the entrance to the Washington United Terminal and at Lincoln Avenue; create a conduit for future Intelligent Transportation System along the entire project length; and construct a water line from East 11th Street to Lincoln Avenue. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., March 24. More information is available online here and here.

City and Port officials held a series of public open houses last year to discuss the project (see “Open house planned for major Port of Tacoma Road project,” Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 27, 2014; and “Port of Tacoma Road: Open house Dec. 15 for $9.2M reconstruction project,” Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 4, 2014).

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Port of Tacoma Road Reconstruction Project, click on the following links:

Second, the City is accepting bids from contractors to install agency-supplied signs on existing posts along South 56th Street, replace posts where required, and return salvaged signs to the City of Tacoma, 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).


Finally, pool sharks take note — the City has put a surplus billiard table up for sale. According to information posted on the City’s Web site, the pool table, which is located at 5016 A St., is in “good condition [with] no tears in the felt, beautiful legs, leather pockets are in nice shape, could use new balls. Pool cues are so-so.” The bid deadline expires on Weds., March 4. More information is available online here.

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