Poulsbo to consider $15.3 million construction bid for roundabout project

The Poulsbo City Council will take up for consideration at Wednesday’s council meeting a contract with Active Construction Inc. to complete the first phase of the Johnson Parkway Roundabout Project.

The city bid out the project, which officials estimated would cost between $16 million and $19 million, in early May and opened them on May 22.

The council will consider the bid from Active Construction, Inc., a Tacoma-based company, which provided the lowest responsive bid of $15,323,323 out of a total of nine bids.

“We bid a little late in the season and we had the COVID issue to deal with,” said city engineer Diane Lenius, “but overall the contractors seemed to be pretty aggressive and interested in getting some projects on their plate for next year.”

The city opted to provide the flexibility of starting the project either later this summer or early next year, which likely helped in creating a competitive bid process. Of the nine bids received, three were under $16 million and the highest was $19.5 million.

The contract stipulates that work will begin within 14 days of the issuance of a Notice to Proceed and that all construction will be completed within 270 days after the Notice to Proceed date.

The entire Johnson Parkway project will be done in three phases, and once completed it will connect State Route 305 with Lincoln Road via Noll Road, Languanet Lane and Marantha Road, creating one continuous roadway.

Also to be discussed on Wednesday is a presentation from the engineering department about the city’s need to develop a comprehensive sewer plan as the region continues to grow and sewage needs change.