Chehalis Awards Contract for Chehalis Avenue Reconstruction

Total Project Cost Estimated at About $2.69 Million


The Chehalis City Council on Monday awarded Midway Underground, LLC, the contract for the reconstruction of Chehalis Avenue from Third Street to Ninth Street after the company put in a bid of about $2.24 million.

The council also authorized a 20% contingency budget for the project set at $448,013.51, making the project total about $2.69 million.

Midway Underground’s bid was the lowest of six total bids, and Chehalis city staff indicated that the company met all requirements for the project, which will include new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and storm drainage improvements, as well as the replacement of an 8-inch water line.

Other bid amounts were:

• JH Kelly put in a bid of about $2.39 million

• Rognlin’s put in a bid of $2.4 million.

• Northwest Cascade Inc. put in a bid of about $2.43 million

• Active Construction Inc. put in a bid of about $2.45 million

• Granite Construction put in a bid of about $2.6 million.

• Midway Underground’s bid came in $268,109.65 lower than the city’s contract engineers from Gibbs and Olson estimated, according to meeting agenda documents.

The project will be paid for by Water and Transportation Benefit District funds.

Mayor Tony Ketchum made a point to ask City Manager Jill Anderson if the speed bumps that have traditionally been present on the road would make a return appearance.

Anderson said that city staff typically are very cautious about adding traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps because they can sometimes create more problems than they solve. “However, in this particular case, the council made it clear that they wanted to have some sort of traffic-calming in the form of … speed bumps in this design. It does not violate the street standards, and so we are proceeding to have speed humps on that road as part of this design,” Anderson said.