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The long-awaited Ala Wai Canal dredging could begin as early as this summer if the Board of Land and Natural Resources approves a contract bid Friday.
Ala Wai in the works
American Marine Corporation had submitted a bid to complete the project for $7.44 million, well under the state's $10.35 million budget, but delays caused by a bid protest could mean the bid will need to be revised, according to Andrew Monden, the Land Division's chief engineer. "We still have to negotiate with the contractor due to the delay of the award of the contract," he said. "It's still going to take a couple months to put everything together yet."
The savings of almost $3 million results from being able to dispose of most of the dredged material in the ocean, rather than using land disposal as in original projections. Monden said the savings would be restored to the state's general fund.
A site about 3 miles south of the airport reef runway has been designated for ocean disposal of all but 2 percent of the dredged sediment.
The remainder, contaminated by chemical and organic materials, would be used as structural fill for the runway.
Dredging was to begin last fall, but a protest submitted June 30 by RCI Environmental Inc. delayed the process.
The complaint was that American Marine's bid was nonresponsive in that it did not name a subcontractor for the installation of the liner that would prevent contaminated material from leaching into the ocean.
The protest was dismissed by the Administration Hearings officer on Jan. 2.
American Marine declined comment on the status of its bid.