City awards contract to provide new roadway markings

The work calls for the removal of paint and thermoplastic road channelization lines, and the installation of traffic signage, thermoplastic pavement marking symbols and stop bars, paint lines, raised pavement markers and delineators at several sites throughout Auburn.

City officials say it’s all about improving safety and mobility at those locations.

On Monday night, the Auburn City Council awarded the $102,445 contract to Northwest Traffic, Inc. The project starts rolling this fall, but, depending upon weather, work may not wrap up until next spring.

The city initially solicited bids under the small works roster process on Sept. 6, but got nothing back. If the City receives no bids for a public works contract, city rules allow for it either to re-bid the contract or to negotiate directly with a contractor. Re-bidding the contract would have delayed the project and potentially result in no bids, so the city pursued a negotiated contract.

The City contacted three contractors and Northwest Traffic was the only one to provide a quote, which was about 11 percent below the engineer’s estimate.




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