‘E’ Street bids come in lower than expected

Portland firm submits $4.54 million bid

The lowest bid for the “E” Street project is $1.5 million less than expected by city of Washougal officials.

According to Braidy Richins, with Wallis Engineering, Westech Construction, Inc., of Portland, submitted the lowest responsive bid of $4.54 million.

“The current climate is very competitive for capital projects,” Washougal Public Works Director Trevor Evers said following the City Council workshop last night. “The ’26th Block corridor improvement’ was an attractive project to bid on.”

Eleven bids were received, with the highest being $6.21 million by Active Construction, Inc.

“It was good to see competitive bids,” Evers said.

The project will include conversion of the road width to two through-lanes and a center left turn lane, as well as bike lanes and sidewalks from Sixth to 32nd streets. The work, which will also include waterline replacement, is scheduled to start in the late fall.

The City Council is expected to vote on the bid Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St.

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