Plans for Juneau sea walk, whale statue put on hold

The city of Juneau is cancelling bids for the construction of a sea walk and bronze whale statue after the bids exceeded expected costs by several million dollars.

The Juneau Empire reports the project set for construction in the city’s downtown area was estimated to cost slightly more than $11 million. The two bids that came in for the project from North Pacific Erectors Inc. and Dawson Construction Inc. exceeded projected costs by about $3 million.

The project was set for completion next fall, but cancelling the bids will likely delay the process.

The city’s director of engineering, Rorie Watt, will be meeting with contractors in coming weeks to figure out any bid discrepancies. He remains hopeful that a new bid will soon be out for the project.