Building a better Boones Ferry
The Lake Oswego City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a construction contract of just under $21.5 million with Wildish Standard Paving Company of Eugene for the Boones Ferry Road reconstruction project.
Back in November the council approved Project Lead Crystal Shum and City Engineer Erica Rooney to use a competitive bid process that allowed them to look beyond the typical "low-bid" options and rather score bids based on predetermined criteria such as the contractor's experience, personnel, project approach and presentation.
Each bid had a possible total score of 1,000 points on the grading rubric. 600 of those points were for the qualitative portion including presentation and experience; the other 400 represented the overall price of the proposal.
"When we went through this process Wildish had a good proposal, but the interview, they knocked it out of the park," Shum said. "They promised their A team, and they brought their A team. They've worked in urban business areas like we have, both commercial and residential areas like we have. This is the group that we want. We believe they have the experience to know what the actual costs are going to be."
The project's scope includes full width street improvements on Boones Ferry Road from Madrona Street to intersection of Oakridge Road and Reese Road. A new traffic signal and pedestrian crossing will also be installed at Lanewood Street, and Boones Ferry Road will
be widened to add left-turn lanes at the Lanewood intersection.
Aesthetically, the street will receive a major face lift with new, safer sidewalks with street trees, lighting, street furniture and landscaping. The project will install three new signalized intersections with pedestrian crosswalks at Madrona Street, the McDonald's driveway and Lanewood Street as well as two new mid-block pedestrian crosswalks, landscaped medians with left turn lane improvements, new 5-foot-wide bike lanes on both sides of the street, expanded sidewalk areas, new stormwater treatment planters to improve water quality and overhead utilities relocated underground.
The $21,442,761 contract approved Tuesday represents the bulk of the project's cost at $36,871,000 total — $2 million of which could potentially be recouped with the sale of the staging area the City purchased for the project.
The average bid for the project landed at approximately $21,214,000.
"What we're buying is quality contracting. The whole point in this process... is that we may be paying a little extra, but we're buying that better quality. We know it's a contractor who will partner with us and come to the table," Rooney told the council. "On a project of this magnitude and complexity, we think it's worth it to get the top contractor for a quality price."
Some of the projects Wildish has completed include the Gibbs Street pedestrian bridge over I-5 in southwest Portland, the I-205 light rail south corridor in Clackamas County, the Oregon City arch bridge restoration, the Tualatin River Borland Road and Stafford Road bridges, Eugene's EmX bus rapid transit corridor and the Eugene Airport terminal expansion.
According to Shum and Rooney, Wildish is ready to get to work and could start construction as soon as mid-June.
The design work and right-of-way costs for this project were funded by a $4 million Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Federal Grant, $5 million in proceeds from the City's general obligation bond and $500,000 in Transportation System Development Charges (SDC). The rest will primarily be funded using proceeds from urban renewal bonds from the Lake Grove Village Center Urban Renewal District.
Once the contract is signed, the City will receive the first detailed construction schedule and a "meet the contractor" event will be scheduled, inviting the advisory committee, business community and general public.
Also on Tuesday
¦ The council unanimously approved a resolution establishing a diversity, equity, and inclusion task force to look at barriers underrepresented groups within the community have to joining boards and commissions, as well as to job posts within the city government itself.
¦ The council — acting as the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency — approved funding for early worksite preparation and material procurement at City Hall. The motion approved Mayor and LORA Executive Director Kent Studebaker to amend the existing Construction Management and General Contractor Contract for site preparation and material procurement work in the amount of $8,107,796.
¦ The LORA board also voted 5-1, with Councilor Theresa Kohlhoff dissenting, to execute a second amendment to the April 17, 2001 Block 138 agreement (Lake View Village) to allow fitness, health and beauty services, financial institutions, health care, office and real estate services on the ground floor along State Street for a portion of building B and all of building C. The council approved a similar amendment to the agreement for Block 137 (The Windward) late last year.
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