New chairlift bidding delayed for a week

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008

JUNEAU - The bid opening for contractors seeking to build Eaglecrest Ski Area's new mid-mountain chairlift was delayed for a week on Wednesday, according to ski area Manager Kirk Duncan.

The bid process was bumped to allow the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to finish work on state permits, Duncan said. The delay will ensure that bidding contractors know all the factors of the project before bidding, he said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave basic approval for the estimated $1 million project to put a second double-chair ski lift in the city-owned ski area, Duncan said.

The weeklong delay is not expected to affect the construction timeline, which could go into June 2009. Most of the materials are here and ready to go, Duncan said.

Duncan said bidding rules require contractors to include costs to get the used and refurbished chairlift operational by Labor Day and a price to finish by summer in 2009.

Duncan said at least four contractors are interested in the project.

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