The council will be asked at 2:30 p.m. to expand two-lane Grant Line Road to four lanes from MacArthur Drive 0.8 miles east to Chrisman Road, and to six lanes from Chrisman Road 0.8 miles east to the city limits.
According to Development Services Director Andrew Malik, widening Grant Line Road is necessary to accommodate an expected traffic increase from the Amazon.com center, which will employ an estimated 1,000 people.
Amazon.com Inc., the Seattle-based Internet retailer, expects to ship books and other small items from Tracy.
“When you add Amazon out there in September or October, that’s an awful lot of employees, a lot more trucks,” Malik said Wednesday, April 3. “So we want to make sure from an economic development perspective that we’re ready.”
The special meeting was called after Teichert Construction’s lowest bid of $12,125,370 to do the work was withdrawn because of a “clerical error” before the council meeting Tuesday, April 2.
Malik said city staff recommends that the council give the work to Knife River Construction, whose offer of $12,748,420 was the second lowest among six bids.
The road expansion will be paid for by development fees set aside for infrastructure in the Northeast Industrial Area, an area dedicated to industrial and commercial growth.
Malik said it was imperative to start work as soon as possible.
“We’re losing less than a week,” he said. “And if council selects the second-lowest bidder, then we’re still on schedule to have a major the road complete and open in October, with the landscaping and other things completed by the end of the year.”
Many other distribution and warehouse centers in the Northeast Industrial Area are served by the cracked, potholed stretch of Grant Line Road, with tractor-trailers rumbling back and forth between the centers and the MacArthur Drive interchange with Interstate 205.
Malik said demands on the road will only increase, as the NEIA will be less than 50 percent full, even with the addition of Amazon’s
1 million-square-foot center.
“You want to be able to show new developers, new companies, that this is the ultimate segment of roadway we’re going to phase in, and this is the timeline,” he said. “They want to see additional capacity.”
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