March 20, 2020

Multnomah County had planned to construct improvements on NE 238th Drive between NE Arata Road and NE Oregon Street in 2020.  Final design is complete and the project was recently advertised to select a general contractor for construction.  After opening the construction bids this month, Multnomah County Transportation has decided to reschedule construction in 2021 for the following reasons:

  1. Cost: The lowest qualified bid we received was above our engineer’s cost estimate. This increases the risk of going over our budget. 

  2. Low Number of Qualified Bids:  We received several lower priced bids that did not provide proper documents and were disqualified. That left us with only bids that were more than 10% over the engineer’s cost estimate.

  3. Schedule: If we re-bid the construction contract now, the start of construction will be delayed beyond May and we risk taking two years to complete construction.

Benefits of postponing until 2021:

  1. Allows time to revise the plans based on initial questions posed during the first advertisement period, reducing risk of high bids;

  2. Allows time to select a contractor in fall 2020 who will have more lead time to be ready for construction in spring 2021. The project includes several items with long lead times to order (such as customized underground vaults for stormwater);

  3. Reduce risk that project will require more than one construction season;  

  4. Allow all utilities to be relocated before construction; 

  5. Reduce schedule risk related to current COVID-19 pandemic, and;

  6. Reduce overall risk to the project schedule and budget.

Construction is now expected to occur between May and October 2021.  We will send updates as we learn more. If you have any questions, please use the webform on the project page to contact us.