City of Shoreline awards Aurora contract to Marshbank Construction

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

At its November 16 meeting, the Shoreline City Council awarded the construction contract for the second mile of the Aurora Corridor Project, N 165th and N 185th Streets, to Marshbank Construction.

The City’s original cost estimate for the project was $23 million. Marshbank Construction, based in Lake Stevens, was the lowest of nine bidders, winning the contract at $19 million. Mobilization and equipment staging will begin in December and construction will begin on January 4, 2010. Utility companies are currently completing necessary upgrades and relocation work prior to construction along the corridor. The improvements are expected to be complete by spring 2011, weather permitting.

“We are extremely pleased to have a contractor on board that is able to build all the improvements consistent with the plans and save Shoreline $4 million to put towards completing the final mile,” says Shoreline City Manager Robert Olander. “We look forward to starting – and completing -- construction and taking this great step for Shoreline to continue its work on improving safety, utilities, transit and amenities along Aurora Avenue.”

The Aurora Corridor Improvement Project is Shoreline’s project to redesign and redevelop the three miles of Aurora Avenue N that runs through Shoreline. The City completed improvements to the first mile, between N 145th to N 165th Streets, in 2007. Second mile enhancements include improved sidewalks, lighting, natural storm water treatments and a landscaped center median with left- and U-turn pockets. These improvements will continue the City’s vision for Aurora and promote economic development, improve safety, ease congestion and enhance environmental quality and pedestrian amenities along Aurora Avenue N.

A portion of the third mile between N 185th to N 192nd Streets is funded and design is currently underway. This segment is expected to go to construction in mid-2010.

For more information, visit the project website or call the construction hotline at (206) 801-2485

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