On time and on budget, that's the word from Grand Junction Public Works Director Mark Relph when asked about the future of the Riverside Parkway. Planners of the largest public works
project in Grand Hunction's history, were forced to rethink the entire process for building the project when bids from three companies came in over the $55 million dollars budgeted for the construction.
All three estimated the cost of the project at about $80 million dollars. Relph says when the city planned the Riverside Parkway, they had in mind a design–build approach, but now in order to fit within the budget the construction of the parkway will be split into segments and the approach will be a design, bid, then build.
The city's staff is currently busy debriefing with design build teams in preparation for an April 4th presentation to the city council. That presentation will include an explanation of why the city's expectations of cost was so dramatically different than the actual cost.
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