U.S. to solicit bids for radial gate work at American Dam

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission plans to call for proposals to replace one or more radial gates at American Dam, on the Rio Grande in El Paso. Requests are due April 10 in order to receive solicitation documents when they are issued.

The fixed-price contract calls for labor, materials, coordination, equipment, and supplies for removal and replacement or one or more radial gates. The existing gates are more than seven feet tall and 20 feet long.

The base bid is to be for Gate 1. Bid Option 1 includes Gates 2 and 3. The total period to do the work for both bid items is 210 days from the date the notice to proceed is issued. The estimated price range is $100,000 to $250,000.

American Dam and Canal is one of five developments in the Upper Rio Grande Project, which extends 270 miles along the Rio Grande. The dam was built in 1937 and 1938 to regulate water delivered from the Rio Grande to Mexico and U.S. irrigators. It is 284 feet long and features 13 radial gates. The International Boundary and Water Commission operates and maintains the Upper Rio Grande Project.

Requests for the solicitation are due in writing April 10. Requests must include business name, point of contact, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and solicitation No. IBM07B0001. Plans and specifications will be available for inspection at the IBWC, U.S. Section, The Commons, Building C, Suite 201, 4171 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902-1441. A pre-bid conference is planned. While not mandatory, the commission said attendance is recommended.

April 24 is the tentative date for issuing the solicitation, with proposals tentatively due May 24. For information, contact Patricia Singer, Information Management Division, Acquisition Division, IBWC; (1) 915-832-4709; Fax (1) 915-832-4192; E-mail: patsinger@ibwc.state.gov.

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