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Norwalk seeks construction bids for parking facilities

NORWALK — Bids are going out to contractors interested in part of a $2.7 million upgrade of parking facilities at the city’s Public Works and Transit departments, including the construction of a pedestrian plaza at the Metrolink Depot.

Work is expected to start in April and take about 10 months to complete.

The parking lot improvement includes city facilities at Imperial Highway and Bloomfield Avenue as well as part of the Santa Fe Springs-Norwalk Metrolink Depot to the east, Transportation Director James C. Parker said.

The City Council Feb. 3 hired the La Canada Design group to provide construction administration services including overseeing the bid advertisements, for a fee not to exceed $111,071. The firm has already completed architectural design, engineering and final construction drawings under a separate contract.

La Canada will work under the Psomas Company, previously hired for construction management, Parker said.

He said construction will include improvements in the public works-transportation complex, including the vehicle maintenance parts room, tire storage area, employee lockers and maintenance office facilities, also replacement of a heavy duty lift, improved customer security and upgrades of access for the handicapped under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Improvements in the passenger station area on the west side of the depot will include pedestrian walkways, a bicycle path, and the employee/visitor parking area.

The pedestrian station will include a plaza with designated drop off and pickup areas, bus terminal shelters, signs, improved lighting and closed circuit TV cameras for security.

Also included is a bus wash station and a canopy, Parker said.

The plaza portion is estimated to cost $1.2 million with a grant of $116,407 from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Parker estimated expected construction costs of $2.418 million with a 10 percent contingency of $241,800, for a total cost of $2.659 million.

In related action Feb. 3, the council extended the contract of iParq to administer and operate the parking permit program at both the Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs sides of the Metrolink Depot.

The new contract runs through June 30, 2018, with another two-year extension possible.

Parker said the firm was selected from a field of five companies making proposals.

During the past year, revenue from the sale of monthly and single day parking permits at the depot from residents and non-resident commuters was $202,067, he added.