Beggars can’t be choosers, but fortunately the choice was an easy one for the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday night
The city of Spokane Valley received just a single bid to do street preservation work on Mullan Road between Sprague and Broadway avenues, so the council awarded the bid for $470,985 without too much fuss – especially considering the engineer’s estimate was closer to $613,000.
Still, Steve Worley, senior capital projects engineer, did express some surprise that there wasn’t more interest in the work, other than lone bidder Inland Asphalt Co. of Spokane Valley.
But, after a few phone calls, the answer became apparent.
“In general, the biggest reason, is that (other contractors) were busy with other projects,” Worley said.
The city must award the bid to the lowest bidder unless there is some sort of extenuating circumstances. While the city could rebid the project, Worley said, the fair price offered by Inland Asphalt makes it easy for the city to go forward.
“I’m just tickled pink we get these kind of projects,” said Deputy Mayor Arne Woodard.
A section of Argonne Road between Appleway and Sprague avenues will also be included in the street-preservation project.
In other news, the council agreed to seek state Transportation Improvement Board funding for several projects, including a traffic light at Mirabeau Parkway and Pines Road, road-preservation work on McDonald Road between Eighth and Mission avenues, reconstruction at the Sullivan Road at Euclid Avenue intersection, reconstruction on Broadway Avenue at the Argonne and Mullan Road intersections, and sidewalks on Bowdish Road between Eighth and 12th avenues.