The City of Grand Rapids will likely reject the two lowest bids for the renovation of an old railroad bridge connecting the Black Hills Neighborhood to the future Butterworth Park (2mb .pdf of preliminary site plan) because the contractors were not properly pre-qualified to receive a contract of this type and amount. The third bid they received could have been an extra $200,000 once contingency costs were factored in. Because the contractors thought they had all their paperwork submitted, the city has decided to advertise for new bids for four more weeks. This will allow the two low bidders to get properly pre-qualified and re-submit their bids, along with any other interested contractors. Construction on the bridge is still expected to be completed by the fall, with landscape finishing work taking place next spring.
This bridge is a key connector between SW Grand Rapids and the West Side. It will eventually connect with the Plaster Creek Trail and allow someone to ride all the way from Ken-O-Sha Park at 32nd and Kalamazoo to Millennium Park, mostly on beautiful, wooded trail. You can read my first post about it from January, including an additional map, here. The city staff I communicated with were VERY excited to get this project done. I am, too!