Bidding to remove Confederate monuments put on hold

Bidding to remove Confederate monuments put on hold

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans has canceled the bidding process for relocating confederate monuments that have been at the center of protests from activists seeking to remove them.

Bidding on the contract was scheduled to begin today (May 23, 2016), but was canceled because there is not yet a resolution to ongoing litigation.

In a statement from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said the safety of potential bidders remains a top concern for city officials.

"Due to previous violence and threats during the bid process, we will wait to re-advertise the project until we feel confident a resolution in the court is near and a contractor may be publically procured so that monuments may be relocated without further delay," the statement read.

The monuments honoring Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, the Battle of Liberty Place, and PGT Beauregard were declared nuisances. The statues would be removed from outdoor public display.

City Hall has estimated the total cost of removing and transporting the monuments would be around $144,000.

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