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Contact: Jim Berzok
RELEASE: July 8, 1997

Bids received on A.C./Brigantine Connector project

Bids for the design/build contract on the Atlantic City/Brigantine Connector project were received by Atlandia Design, a subsidiary of Mirage Resorts Incorporated (MRI), and opened today, Transportation Commissioner John J. Haley Jr. said. The apparent low bid of $190,595,000 was submitted by Yonkers Contracting Company/Granite Construction Company in association with URS Grenier Consultants, Golder Associates, and Schlessinger Associates.

Bids of $229,775,000 from Perini Corporation/Slattery Associates in association with E.E. Cruz & Co., and Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff, and $329,710,000 from Schiavone Construction Co./Buckley & Company, Inc./Parsons Transportation Group in association with Gannett Fleming, Converse Consultants East, and Parsons Engineering Science were also received and unsealed.

"Atlantic City is experiencing a renaissance and this project is a critical piece of the Governor’s vision to make the city the premier tourist attraction on the eastern seaboard. The State is committed to making transportation improvements in and around Atlantic City and to providing a solution to the Brigantine access problem. The bids for the construction received today demonstrate what we have said all along: that this project can be built for the price tag put on it," Haley said.

Atlandia Design, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) will immediately begin the process of evaluating the bids to determine whether they are responsive.

The Atlantic City/Brigantine Connector project is a 2.5 mile corridor roadway between the Atlantic City Expressway, Convention Center, Route 30 and Brigantine.

Funding of the highway project will come from public and private sources. MRI, which has proposed to build a casino/hotel in the city’s Marina district, has agreed to contribute $110 million.

In addition, the state will contribute $95 million from the Transportation Trust Fund. The remainder will be provided in the amount of $65 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and $60 million from the SJTA.

The project will permit the development of Marina lands, which when combined with the roadway construction, will generate 63,000 construction and supply industry jobs and 33,000 other related jobs. Once constructed and opened to the public, three proposed casinos slated to be developed on Marina lands will generate 16,500 permanent jobs and result in $275 million a year in new state and local tax revenues.

A decision on awarding a contract will be made by mid-August.

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