Council Approves New Contractor for North Beach Archway

A Bond 2008 project may finally see construction beginning after a big delay over cost. The proposed archway for North Beach was supposed to be built by now.

City Council approved a new contractor for the project on Tuesday, after the original builder said he couldn't do the project for the $404,000 he bid to build the archway.

Council was asked to allow Largin Construction Services out of its contract, and to give it to Barcom Commercial Construction for $427,000. Barcom was originally the second lowest bidder to Largin.

The archway is set to go in on Burleson, which is the main street that takes people to and from North Beach. It will be built between Timon and Surfside boulevards.

The project was approved by voters in the November 2008 bond election. The archway is designed to welcome tourists to North Beach.

"As we were going through the bonding and insurance process of getting them ready to go, they identified to us they had some material defects in their bid, and that, as well as some other issues as we investigated further, led us to determine they weren't the lowest responsible bidder for this project," City Engineer Dan Biles said.

Right now, it appears that construction will begin in about 60 days. The archway should be up and ready in time for Spring Break.


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