Got this question by email: I just noticed that all the bids (both) got cancelled on 12/20/2012 and bidding will re-open at some future date. Why?
Answer: The bids came in high because of some concerns about challenges that the project would raise — bidders seemed to view it as a tunnel project requiring special equipment and techniques because of the overhead trolley wires.
The T is planning to replace the wires anyway so we’re working on agreement where they would take the wires down, then the road project would happen, then they would put the wires back up. We are already planning to run diesel buses during the project period — the trolleys can’t leave their lanes, much less detour..
Hopefully it will go back out to bid in time to start as planned this Spring.