JUNEAU - Alaska Interstate Construction won a bid Monday to complete one of the city's largest-ever earthworks projects.
The company's $28.6 million bid to complete airport runway safety area improvements at Juneau International Airport was approved by the Juneau Assembly at its regular meeting.
The bid came in $5 million below the city engineer's estimate. City Engineering Director Rorie Watt told the Assembly the difference was due to the size of the project, which involves "acres and acres of fill at the airport in the middle of a game refuge," he said.
The project consists of changing runway and taxiway embankments and lighting, dredging the float plane pond and constructing float plane ramps, realigning Duck Creek and the Airport Dike Trail that winds around the airport perimeter, as well as smaller items such as fencing.
The total project estimate of $41 million includes a $3.7 million contingency, $1.7 million for design and $2 million in contract administration and inspection costs.
The second-lowest bidder was Secon, at $28.9 million.
AIC has completed a variety of projects in Alaska, including an oil production facility at Prudhoe Bay and airport runways in Nome, Bettles and Chena Hot Springs. It is completing the infrastructure work at the Kensington Mine north of Juneau, according to its Web site.
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