Only one bidder for Welcome Center

The Oregon Department of Transportation received just one bid to construct the buildings for the long-awaited Interstate 5 rest area south of Ashland by Thursday’s deadline, the agency spokesman said.

Adroit Construction, of Ashland, submitted a bid of roughly $5.6 million to build the two “Cascadian” style buildings, a plaza, landscaping and picnic areas.

“We had several interested bidders throughout the process,” ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said. “But only Adroit submitted a bid.”

Leaming said ODOT will go through its procedure to evaluate the bid before deciding whether to award the contract to Adroit.

“There are some homework we need to do,” he said. “It will take several weeks.”

The Siskiyou Welcome Center and Rest Area, located on an 18-acre lot on the east side of I-5 south of Crowson Road, recently saw completion of the first construction phase that included drainage, grading and paving of ramps, roadways and parking areas.

The facility will be the first permanent Welcome Center after more than two decades when a Siskiyou Summit center closed in 1996 out of safety concerns.

The project, budgeted at $12 million, is being paid through federal and state gas tax fundings. ODOT also entered a fund transfer arrangement with the city of Medford to cover the construction costs of the Welcome Center building. The building will be leased to Travel Oregon — the state’s tourism arm — to furnish and run the operation.

The bid for the final construction was originally due on March 15. The deadline was pushed back three more times due to a number of questions from interested bidders. ODOT has to go through a process involving Department of Justice in providing answers, Leaming said.

Adroit Construction has done a number of projects locally, including the $18.8-million Medford police station. The company’s biggest project was constructing a $45-million student apartment complex in 2015 in Eugene.
—Reach reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or Follow her on twitter @nguyenntrann.

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