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Council to award Dorsey project to Oakland company (UPDATE)

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An Oakland-based construction company was announced as the lowest bidder to construct the Dorsey Interchange project at a Tuesday night meeting of the Grass Valley City Council.

Following a thorough vetting of McGuire and Hester’s $15,191,873 low bid, the council voted Tuesday to authorize the mayor to award the contract for the project.

In addition to constructing the new Highway 49 entrances and exits at Dorsey Drive, the project consists of widening for an additional lane on Dorsey Drive from Catherine Lane to Pampas Drive, realignment of Joerschke Drive and improvements on Dorsey from East Main Street to Pampas Drive to include bicycle lanes, sidewalks and accessible bus stops, according to the staff report prepared by Tim Kiser, a city engineer.

It also calls for construction of auxiliary lanes between the proposed interchange and the adjacent highway interchanges at Idaho-Maryland and Brunswick roads.

McGuire and Hester’s bid was the lowest of eight total submitted to the city before the Tuesday afternoon deadline.

“Which was surprising that we received that many for this size of project,” said Trisha Tillotson, the city’s senior engineer.

Sacramentor-based Teichert & Son, Inc.’s was the second lowest at more that $16 million, Tillotson noted. None of the bidders are headquartered in Nevada County.

The most expensive of the bids was $18.2 million, said City Manager Dan Holler.

Kiser pointed out that because much of the estimated $25 million project is funded by the federal government, the city has little discretion in how the project is awarded.

After the bids were opened at 3:30 p.m., they were given an initial review before the lowest bidder was recommended to the council, Kiser noted.

“This particular group has done projects throughout California successfully,” Kiser said of McGuire and Hester.

Providing the company’s bid is reviewed and determined to be responsible, Tillotson said that the bid could then be approved at the end of a three-day bid protest period.

Council approved Mayor Dan Miller to enter into a contract of up to $17 million with whichever company’s bid is deemed the most responsible, which allows funds for backup bidders if needed.

Following the bid’s vetting, the protest period and the signing of the contract, shovels could hit the pavement as soon as June, followed by an anticipated two-year construction period, Tillotson and Kiser outlined on the project that is over three decades in the making.

“It’s been a long time getting here and we’re really exciting getting good bids like we have received,” Tillotson said.

“We’re here and ready to start construction.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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