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Work to rebuild the Evergreen Lake North Trail likely will be delayed after the Evergreen Park & Recreation District rejected the one bid it received for the project.
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Executive Director Cory Vander Veen told the EPRD board on July 26 that officials are talking with construction companies that didn’t bid on the project to find out why. He hopes EPRD can refine the project’s scope and rebid the project soon to be more successful.
Vander Veen said the one bid that was submitted was “substantially higher” than the $4.5 million EPRD has to spend on the project, which will create a 10-foot wide concrete walkway along Evergreen Parkway and a soft-surface trail at the lakeshore. He declined to define “substantially higher.”
Initial conversations with construction companies showed the timeline to get the work done — which the board had hoped would start in September — was not realistic, which seems to be a factor in the lack of bids, Vander Veen said. Some companies have projects scheduled out a year.
“We will have to go back to drawing board on the schedule and timing,” he said.
In the meantime, district officials have met with the Colorado Department of Transportation, Jefferson County, City of Denver and the Evergreen Metro District to inform them of the latest developments, Vander Veen said.
He said EPRD was not anticipating any loss of grant money to pay for the project because it hopes to rebid the project. Grants from the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Colorado the Beautiful and local groups including the Evergreen Metropolitan District and the Evergreen Legacy Fund will pay for the work.
Board member Monty Estis said he was concerned that construction prices would continue to rise if the project is delayed into 2023.
The Evergreen Lake North Trail was built in 1987, and in 2016, a portion of the trail collapsed, closing it for 19 months. EPRD staff managed to shore up the supports under the trail to reopen it. EPRD has spent several years obtaining grants and moving the project forward with the support of the other stakeholders.
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