New bids will be taken to widen Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea
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.