North Holladay redo up for bid

This diagram depicts new sidewalk, crosswalk and other improvements coming to a section of North Holladay Drive.

SEASIDE — After almost a month of delay, Seaside is now ready to move forward with a major remake of North Holladay Drive from First to 12th avenues. The city still hopes to have “substantial completion” of the roadway before the launch of the tourist season next summer.

The estimated $3 million project is now open for bids from general contractors, with Dale McDowell of the Seaside Public Works Department hoping the project will be underway by the start of next year. The last day for bids is Monday, Nov. 30.

Construction includes replacing storm and water drains and moving above-ground utilities below ground. Sidewalks and roadways will be replaced.

City Engineer Geoff Liljenwall, project engineer Al Hardwood and McDowell will oversee the project and handle the final inspection, but McDowell hopes other city departments join in.

“It’s a citywide project and I want everyone involved on it,” McDowell said, adding when people can offer their opinions on a project, they become invested and “take a little ownership in it.”

CenturyLink and Charter Communications delivered plans later than expected, delaying the project. Some in-house engineering and design plans also took longer than expected.

While city officials had hoped to have all work finished by Memorial Day, they are now asking the general contractor to achieve “substantial completion” by that time.

May 27 is the “key paving date,” when all the asphalt and curbs need to be laid — ahead of Memorial Day — “so that the road could be opened and used,” McDowell said.

The project is scheduled to continue for about 30 days afterward, for the contractor to put in the rest of the sidewalks, landscaping and electrical hook-ups, he said.

The city will replace the existing sewer main, water main, force main and storm drainage along North Holladay and connect existing sewer and water service to the new water and sewer main. The project details installation of underground vaults and conduits for conversion of the existing overhead utilities — electrical, telephone and cable — to underground utilities.

New pavement and sidewalks will complete the project.

Utility providers include Pacific Power, CenturyLink and Charter Communications. Water and sewer are public utilities.

The estimated cost of the project ranges from $2.8 million to $3.2 million. The cost of a bond for a project so expensive may prohibit some smaller, local contractors from bidding on the project, McDowell said. However, the city will supply local companies with information about the general contractors bidding on the project. That “gives local contractors the opportunity to know who to contact” about subcontracting opportunities, he said, which is better than waiting until the job is awarded and then trying to “get in” as a subcontractor.

“The only way they can really work on the project is to get a subcontracting opportunity, so that’s why it’s key they contact the general contractors,” McDowell said. “Everything is public record. We just have to make sure they’re looking at the public record.”

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