by Pam Zubeck
While unemployment still hovers at record levels and jobless lines are long, the city's Southern Delivery System water pipeline project promises something that would help those statistics: Jobs.
In March, Colorado Springs Utilities awarded a contract to HCP Constructors for construction of 4.7 miles of raw water pipeline to be built in El Paso County near Peaceful Valley and Marksheffel roads. Work is to begin in May, Utilities spokeswoman Janet Rummel says.
Additional bid opportunities on the pipeline project:
April 12: Bidding opened for construction services on a 6.8-mile segment of 66-inch raw water pipeline. The bid closing is anticipated May 10, 2011. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
April 12: Bidding opened for design services on a 7.6-mile pipeline segment. Bid closing is anticipated May 6, 2011.
April 12: Bidding opened for design services on an 8.4-mile pipeline segment. Bid closing is anticipated May 6, 2011.
April 14: Receiving bids from Design-Build contractors for the Water Treatment Plant
Utilities suggests companies who want to access bid documents register on the Rocky Mountain e-Purchasing System website.
Subcontractors interested in supplying services for upcoming bid opportunities should contact the pre-qualified prime contractors listed at the SDS website under Business Opportunities.
The pipeline's first leg extends along Marksheffel and was started last fall.
The project, estimated to cost $2.3 billion, which includes roughly $1.4 billion in financing charges and $880,000 in construction costs, will bring water Colorado Springs already owns from Pueblo Reservoir, starting in 2016.