Re-evaluation needed on Tuscaloosa amphitheater

By: AP News
By: AP News

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa will have to re-evaluate the
riverfront amphitheater project after bids for construction came in
higher than expected.

J.T. Harrison Construction of Northport submitted the lowest
base bid $14,176,823 but the city's budget was $12,657,305, with a
$1 million contingency. That leaves a $519,518 gap to fill.

City officials will evaluate the bids over the next week or so
to ensure they meet specifications and to determine the final scope
of the project.

Six companies, two local and four from elsewhere in the state,
bid on the project, with the top base bid at $15,157,849, and the
rest ranging from $14,495,000 to $15 million.

Plans are to open the amphitheater in August 2010.

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News,

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