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SW Capitol Highway project prepares to go to bid

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City Council will consider an ordinance to seek bids for the SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village - West Portland project on Wednesday, October 21. The final engineering plans are under review by city staff.

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On Wednesday morning, October 21, 2020, City Council will hear Agenda Item #839 - an ordinance to seek bids for the SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village - West Portland project. This authorization is needed before advertising the project for bids by private construction contractors, a milestone anticipated to occur several weeks later in November. Project staff decided to bid the project on the open market after failing to reach an affordable price with the previous Construction Manager / General Contractor.

The City Council Clerk will accept written testimony and allow sign-ups for verbal testimony (via Zoom) on this agenda item up until Tuesday, October 20 at 4:00pm. To provide written testimony, e-mail cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov. To sign up to provide verbal testimony during the meeting using Zoom, click on the 'Wednesday Morning' link on the Council Agenda website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997

Meanwhile, the final engineering plans, specifications and bid quantities are complete and under review by city staff. In addition, the city has acquired all temporary and permanent easement needed for the project. Utility relocation continues as well. PGE has completed all of their pole relocations and is in the process of transferring equipment to the new poles. This work sometimes requires residential power shut-offs for a few hours - affected residents will be notified in advance. Lumen (formerly CenturyLink) will begin relocations shortly, with work through December. Lumen's work should not be as impactful as the earlier PGE pole installation, but be on the lookout for occasional lane closures with flaggers.

Construction on the main project is anticipated to begin in late February 2021 after entering a contract with the successful bidder.

Project staff will provide an update to the Capitol Highway Subcommittee on Thursday, November 12, at 7:00pm. Contact Committee Chair Chris Lyons at chrislyons7@yahoo.com to sign up for the meeting which will be held online using Zoom, hosted by Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.