December 02, 2006
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southeast Region office informedSoutheast Road Builders of Haines on Friday that it was awarded the contract. This decision came one day after Superior Court Judge Patrick J. McKay dismissed a request for preliminary injunction filed by the unsuccessful bidder in the project.
However, shortly after the award was announced Friday the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities informed Southeast Road Builders that the $18.6 million contract to construct a Pioneer Road to the Jualin Mine access road will not be implemented until a legal appeal is concluded with the unsuccessful bidder.
The decision on Friday to not
implement the $18.6 million contract was made in consultation
with the Alaska Department of Law after the unsuccessful bidder,
Kiewit Pacific Corp., appealed its preliminary injunction request
to the Alaska Supreme Court on Friday.
Without the appeal, the contract award would have allowed Southeast Road Builders of Haines to begin limited work on the project although no construction activities were expected to begin until all permits were received, which could be before the end of winter.
DOT&PF decided to proceed
with the first phase of the Lynn Canal Highway as an 18-foot
wide pioneer road after potential permitting delays threatened
to delay the summer start of the road construction. Because the
state is using state funds, it can select a contractor to construct
this road in the winter, a time when traditionally contractors
are securing commitments for summer construction work.
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