Friday - March 21, 2014

Bids for Water Pipeline Bring Savings for Partnership

On March 20, 2014, the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership received bids from five of six, prequalified general contractors for construction of over six miles of pipeline in Gladstone, West Linn and Lake Oswego. Bidders had the option of bidding on a bundle of three pipeline runs and/or, a separate, fourth pipe run.

A responsive low bid was submitted in each category. Frank Coluccio Construction, Seattle, Washington, is the apparent low bidder for 2.84 miles of pipeline in Gladstone and on Mapleton Drive in West Linn, including a tunneled .75 mile section of pipeline under the Willamette River.

Emery and Sons Construction of Salem, OR, is the apparent low bidder on the remaining 3.18 miles of pipeline along Highway 43 from Mapleton Drive in West Linn to Erickson and McVey Streets in Lake Oswego.

At $42,863,303, bids on these pipeline packages fall below the $45,020,000 program cost estimate for these elements.

"This good news means we are still within our program estimate of $249.8 million for all of our facilities," said Lake Oswego Mayor, Kent Studebaker. "We're still on track, which is good news for our ratepayers." 

"This shows that the bidding climate is still good for these types of projects," said Tigard Mayor John Cook. "Ownership in our own water system provides assurance that Tigard can meet future water needs for residents and businesses--still for about a penny a gallon."

The Lake Oswego City Council, as the managing partner, is scheduled to award the pipeline contracts on April 1, 2014. Construction of these pipelines will occur over the next 18 months. 

Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego's water infrastructure and to share water. These water transmission pipelines are some of the facilities that will be upgraded and modernized to serve both communities. Other facilities under construction include the river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone and the water treatment plant in West Linn.