First Ferry Delivery Now Nov. 15; Terminal Bids Rejected as Over Estimate
1962-63 Pre-Delivery News
July 13, 1962, Petersburg Press
JUNEAU (Special) – The state has rejected all bids for the construction of ferry terminal facilities at Petersburg, Wrangell, and Sitka, Robert E. Sharp, acting commissioner of the state department of highways announced today. Simultaneously, the state division of marine transportation announced that the completion date of the first ferry has been moved from the end of August to about November 15. Therefore, the first ferry will not be making an initial run over Labor Day weekend.
The bids on the Petersburg terminal facility were opened Tuesday and low bidder was Berg Construction Co. with a figure of $240,379.33. State’s estimate of the project was $185,586. The state had estimated about $90-93,000 for the Wrangell terminal and the bids were all $40-50,000 over that figure.
Sharp said that in view of the fact that the completion date of the first ferry is now November 1, the state will re-advertise for bids on the Petersburg, Wrangell, and Sitka terminals and allow a longer completion time. That, with a few other changes should get the cost of the terminal facilities down, Sharp said. Bid call will go out Monday.
The project in Petersburg calls for constructing a timber trestle approach structure, concrete sidewalks, curb and gutter, grading and drainage for holding area and constructing a waiting room building at the ferry site.
Director of Marine Transportation Bafford Lewellen announced the new completion date for the first ferry today after receiving word from the shipyard in Seattle.
State officials say they will enforce the clause in the contract calling for $1,000 a day penalty for each day delay after the August 30 delivery date.