An earlier report that the Maple Beach seawall repair was about to begin now appears to have been premature. According to James Lee, Whatcom County’s bridge and hydraulics manager, the sole bid submitted by Tiger Construction in the amount of $61,300 was rejected due to it exceeding $40,000. County engineers had estimated the job would cost $32,000 and would require four cubic yards of cement. The public works department is planning to put a formal request for bids in early June.
“If we receive a responsive and responsible bid, we will look to move forward with the repair work sometime this summer. [The department] will provide additional updates as we have more information,” Lee wrote in an email to the All Point Bulletin on May 11. This will be the fourth time the project has been put out for bids beginning in 2021 and has only received one response so far. No local contractor has expressed any interest in doing the job. The wall was damaged in a fatal, high-speed collision on June 1, 2021.
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