It took a couple of tries, but a Spokane firm will do the work on the second phase of the Sullivan Road Bridge replacement project.
Max J. Kuney Co. offered to do the work on the west, southbound bridge for $12.7 million. The Spokane Valley City Council agreed on the bid, which has no firm start or completion date, at its Tuesday night meeting.
City engineers had estimated the cost to be about $12.9 million.
“We continue to see us under the budget,” said Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard. “It’s been a long time coming. It’s going to be a great project.”
The job was sent out for a rebid due to a clerical error. The initial low bidder was Garco Construction Inc. of Spokane.
The project will not only see the replacement of the over 60-year-old bridge, but also landscaping, stormwater drainage and a change of traffic signals.
The first phase of the project, completed in May, involved landscaping and improvements to Sullivan Park.
In other news, the council was mum as it unanimously passed permanent zoning rules where commercial marijuana shops could set up in the city. Several spoke out against the regulations, which they said would cost the city tax dollars, stifle a fledgling industry and potentially initiate a lawsuit against the city.
“You’re not allowing retail outlets to open in any areas where they can do their business,” said Owen Young, a grower from Cheney who plans to sell to licensed stores.
Under the rules, the city would be more restrictive than the state, which doesn’t allow for marijuana sales or production within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or anywhere where children congregate. The council agreed to extend those rules to city-owned property along with the Centennial Trail and the planned Appleway Trail.
The restrictions also extend to property that could one day incorporate a library, such as at Herald Road and Sprague Avenue and Conklin Road north of Sprague Avenue.
Crystal Orcutt said the regulations were “hypocritical” because City Hall currently is within proximity to businesses that sell pornography and alcohol, which are arguably more destructive to a community.
She added that voters have spoken through the passage of Initiative 502 and that the selling of marijuana is now a legitimate enterprise in Washington state.
“You’re forcing people to go elsewhere with their business,” Orcutt said.