Wednesday, August 7, 2013
DALLAS -- The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency Board approved hiring a contractor for the anticipated upgrades to Main Street's 800 and 900 blocks between Mill and Washington streets in downtown.City officials expect work to begin in mid- to late-August and anticipate the project taking about six to eight weeks to complete.Four construction firms submitted bids for the "Main Street Enhancement Project," with costs ranging from $546,703 to $643,257.Brown Contracting Inc. of Eugene submitted the low bid that, with a $50,000 project contingency fund to pay for unforeseen work, is just under the engineering construction estimate of $600,000.The total budget for the project is $750,000, which includes purchasing materials such as lighting fixtures, street furniture and signs.The agency board voted unanimously to accept Brown Contracting's bid Monday night.Fred Braun, the city's engineering and environmental services director, said work will begin as soon as a contract is approved.Braun said Brown Contracting had worked for the city in the past, a small project in the early 2000s, but has since successfully completed larger-scale projects."Looking through all the references listed on the Oregon Department of Transportation prequalification form ... we called around on a couple of those projects and got thumbs up on them," Braun said. "They come recommended."The Main Street Enhancement Project will widen sidewalks, install pervious concrete and rain gardens to reduce water runoff, and place new street lighting and street furniture on both sides of the two-block stretch.