The city took another step toward beginning construction on the Harbor Walk on Dec. 19 when the Maine Department of Transportation approved the bid package.

The bid package goes to the Federal Highway Administration for approval by Friday, Dec. 28, City Planner Wayne Marshall said.

Once approved, Marshall said the city can begin advertising the bids between Dec. 28 and Dec. 31. He anticipated a pre-bid meeting will be held Jan. 8 or 9, with the bids submitted by Jan. 23.

Marshall said city staff will review the bid submissions between Jan. 23 and the 31 before bringing a recommendation to the council for their Feb. 5 meeting. However, Marshall noted a special meeting could be scheduled to award the bid if necessary.

After the bid is awarded, the Maine Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration will grant their approval and the city can meet with the contractor to discuss the construction schedule.

In addition to his update, Marshall requested that councilors agree to allow the contractor use of the area in front of the Belfast Masker’s Theater because it is adjacent to the work area. Marshall also noted there aren’t any events or daily activities that take place in that area.

Councilors agreed to allow the contractor to establish a staging area in front of the Maskers Theater.

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