TIGER Bids appear in above price range

A drawing shows a plan to spruce up Jefferson Street in Burlington. The TIGER grant and other grants will help Burlington complete improvements to the city, but those plans have hit a snag. The lone bid the city recieved for the roads portion of the project exceeded the entire project cost.

Just after several years of do the job, 2020 noticed Burlington’s TIGER grant project fall flat on its facial area.

In 2018, the metropolis was awarded additional than $17 million for work on Jefferson and Major streets as effectively as work on the riverfront as element of the U.S. Section of Transportation’s 2017 Transportation Infrastructure generating Economic Restoration Grant system. 

The initially 50 percent of the $17 million project was slated to go out for bid this past October, but there was a difficulty: the bids for the venture arrived in over finances — by a good deal. 

The prospective clients for the TIGER grant at the start off of 2020 were being substantial. Throughout 2018 and 2019, city leaders met with citizens and other stakeholders like downtown small business leaders and associates of the Better Burlington Partnership. After all, there was much to be resolved. Everything from planters to benches experienced to be considered and made a decision on right before the venture could even go to the DOT to acquire the formal Okay for it to be set out for bid.