City officials today cancelled a groundbreaking ceremony for a planned downtown parking deck after construction bids came in significantly over budget.
“It has been determined that bids that recently came in for certain projects related to the deck are far too significant to not engage in a re-evaluation and rebid process based on new information relating to concrete prices,” said Lindsley Smith, the city’s communications director, in a news release. “The evaluation relates primarily to millions of dollars involved in the concrete-related parts of this overall project.”
Smith said construction won’t begin without additional analysis of the full funding plan and bid package that is currently in place. Groundbreaking for the project will be rescheduled for a future date, she said.
From the release:
This bid/cost re-evaluation process has been deemed important enough to delay this original date of the commencement of the construction phase on the Spring Street Municipal Parking Deck. Such decision was not made lightly, but was made with the knowledge that such bidding and re-evaluation, to be done wisely, must occur now and is paramount to the groundbreaking kick-off and first phase initiation that was previously scheduled for today.