Little Rock — High Bids
Rail Transit Online, February 2003
The Central Arkansas Transit Authority opened bids on
Jan. 30 for the River Rail streetcar line’s track and power supply contact
and found the lowest offer was $1.18 million above the engineer's estimate.
Eight firms responded to the tender, with Mobley Contractors of Morrilton,
Arkansas, having the lowest bid at $10.98 million. The work includes
installing approximately 13,000 ft. (3,962 meters) of rail over a concrete
pad 18 in. (45.7 cm) thick, an overhead catenary system with more than 120
poles and two power supply packages. The second lowest bid, from Gilbert
Central Construction Co. of Omaha, Nebraska, was only $38,000 higher. CATA
general manager Keith Jones said he was optimistic that money could be found
to fill the gap. “If necessary, there are ways to get additional federal
funds for the project, but they will have to be matched with local funds
over the next year and a half,” Jones told The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Two earlier contracts, one for the 2.2-mi. (3.54 km) system’s trolley barn
and the other to adapt the Main Street bridge for streetcars, came in a
total of $314,000 over budget. If Mobley is awarded the job, River Rail
will cost around $19.2 million.