Service will play key role for Bicentennial visitorsThe National Park Service is now accepting solicitation proposals from qualified contractors for the construction of the Netul Landing Shuttle Facilities at Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

Netul Landing will become the entry point and visitor shuttle stop to Fort Clatsop park during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, with links to other sites around the county served by the planned shuttle system. The location is one mile south of the park between Fort Clatsop Road and the Lewis and Clark River at the site of a former log-sorting yard.

Facilities will include a 1,600-square-foot shuttle shelter and concrete plaza, vault toilet, roadways and a 70-vehicle parking lot, power and telephone utilities and site improvements.

The estimated cost of construction is between $750,000 and $1,500,000, and the contract completion date is June 1, 2004. The solicitation is a competitive negotiation contract, with contractor qualifications and price proposal equally considered for contract award purposes, according to the park service. This solicitation is a small business set-aside project targeting prospective contractors with average revenues over the last three years of less than $28.5 million.

"This construction project is a key element of the Lewis and Clark Shuttle System and is a terrific example of how the Bicentennial Commemoration can provide a lasting legacy for the community," said Fort Clatsop Superintendent Chip Jenkins. "We hope the contractors in the region will consider this opportunity to be part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial."

The solicitation has been issued electronically on the Federal Business Opportunities website, at (http://fedbizops.gov) and Department of Interior's National Business Center, (NBC) web site, at (http://ideasec.nbc.gov).

The solicitation number is N8000040909. All solicitation materials can be downloaded from these web sites; no paper copies will be issued. All responsible small businesses may submit an offer that will be considered. Solicitation proposals are due to the National Park Service Center office, located in Denver Colorado, on Nov. 20.

Contractors seeking additional information, should contact Nancy Gertler, contract specialist, at 303-969-2229, or e-mail at (NancyGertler@nps.gov)

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