WILKES-BARRE — The city Thursday put out for bid the Solomon Creek wall reconstruction project.
Soon after the bid documents were posted online, it was downloaded 20 times, said Joyce Zaykowski, the city’s capital projects program manager and director of the Office of Community Development.
Bids are due May 4 and will be publicly opened that day. A prebid conference will be held April 27 at the site at Waller and Brook streets.
Zaykowski anticipates construction using prefabricated sections to start at the end of May or in early June.
The project has been a priority for Mayor Tony George, and the urgency for the infrastructure project increased after a 40-foot section of the Depression-era wall collapsed into the creek bed in December 2016.
The city has committed $4.5 million to the project from a bond refinancing deal and secured an additional $4.6 million in state grants.
The relocation of natural gas and water lines is underway. “They’re absorbing that cost,” Zaykowski said of the utility companies involved.
Zaykowski said that work will save the city $477,000, but it will be responsible for repaving.
The relocation of telephone lines will not have a huge impact, Zaykowski noted. Power lines will be moved in the next phase of the project, she added.
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