April 22, 2022
Efforts to create whitewater rafting, zip lining and other amusements along the downtown riverfront suffered a setback recently when the sole bid for an initial phase of work was $73 million, nearly double the estimated cost of $39 million.
As a result, supporters who have compiled private and public commitments for 60% of the expected cost of $125 million said they will reconfigure the leading components of the 86-part plan before seeking new bids.
The setback, although disappointing, was not unexpected; not when a worldwide pandemic and global political unrest have disrupted supply chains and juggled labor markets as never before.
The simple truth is anything worth doing often takes longer and costs more than we expect.
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