After nearly a month of discussion about the project, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) officials have decided not to replace the 35-year-old waterline running beneath Lincoln Road.
The district’s board of commissioners came to this conclusion after assistant district manager Dan Eisses revealed the results of the bidding process for the project. After reaching out to five contractors, Eisses said he only received bids from two: Stremler Gravel – the contractor currently improving Lincoln Road on behalf of Whatcom County – and Iverson Earth Works.
Iverson came in with the lowest bid at approximately $197,000, but Eisses said that was about $50,000 more than he was expecting. Stremler submitted a bid of about $215,000, which Eisses said was $20,000 more than the estimate Stremler gave him three weeks ago.
In the end, Eisses said the district could more effectively spend the funds slated for the waterline replacement on other projects. As part of the project, district crews will move the three fire hydrants along the road back to their proper places once the road is finished.
The Lincoln Road construction is expected to last until October. Lincoln Road will be completely closed for most of that time, with Anderson Road serving as the east/west detour. Those who live along Lincoln Road will still have local access.