New bids will be taken to widen Ma­mala­hoa High­way in Waimea

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

Hawaii County will ask for new bids on a project to widen 2.8 miles of Ma­mala­hoa High­way in Waimea.

The move came last week when one of the bid­ders protested the pro­cure­ment process, West Hawaii To­day re­ports.

The work on Ma­mala­hoa High­way — which will in­clude widen­ing at 18 ma­jor in­ter­sec­tions, ad­ding left-turn pock­ets and mak­ing drainage im­prove­ments — has been in the plan­ning stages for years. Kiewit In­fra­struc­ture West Co., which has of­fices in Honolulu, last month came in with the low­est bid of $19.11 mil­lion. But one of the five com­peti­tors com­plained that the county used a three-tier sys­tem to struc­ture the bid, which De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works spokesman Barett Otani ad­mit­ted was a mis­take.

“It shouldn’t have been put out that way. It should have been put out as just a pack­age bid,” he said.

A new bid so­lic­i­ta­tion should be out within weeks. But now, Otani ad­mit­ted, Kiewit must re­bid against com­peti­tors who know its ini­tial of­fer.

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