A new contractor looks set to be appointed for the improvement works on the Bodkin Roundabout at the Galway Shopping Centre, after Galway City Council this week confirmed it is to put the contract back out to tender in the “interest of value for money”.
As part of council’s master plan to replace city roundabouts with signalised junctions, the project previously went to tender in December 2011, when Roadstone were selected as the successful applicant.
The contractor subsequently withdrew from the project in February 2012, with Clare Civil Engineering then awarded the contract.
A Galway City Council spokesperson this week confirmed however that the local authority had concerns that some pricings contained in the original tender may not now be current, which is why they have opted to go out to tender for a second time.
“We decided in the interest of value for money that we should really go back out to tender again,” he said.
The tender process is expected to begin within the next month and, with preparatory work currently ongoing at the Galway Shopping Centre, the council spokesperson said the local authority “would expect and hope to have the works completed in advance of the summer”.
“We would hope to manage the project in much the same way as the successful management of other projects, like the roundabouts, the signalised junctions, at Briarhill, Ballybane and the Tuam Road,” he said.