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Council rejects all bids for bridge improvements

Bids came in over engineer’s estimate

March 22, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council passed a resolution rejecting all three bids that came in for the improvements on the Central Avenue Bridge that crosses the West Fork of the Des Moines River. At Monday evening's council meeting, city administrator Penny Clayton said she was surprised by the price quotes received through the Iowa Department of Transportation's bidding process.

"We won't have a summer project this year," Clayton said.

The engineer's estimate was approximately $570,000 for the project which would have improved the bridge, widened the street, added sidewalks into the riverfront parks connecting with the walking trail system, and added a fence and columns.

The low bid exceeded the engineer's estimate by 27 percent, or $153,000.

Clayton said, "We just don't have the funding available to authorize moving forward with this project at this time."

Clayton suggested submitting a revision in advance of next year's construction season for needed improvements on the bridge itself, taking out the sidewalk and column improvements.

"We might get more competitive bids and a greater number of bids from this," Clayton said.

Council member Dave Seylar said, "We can do an additional process for the trail lines and other components, bid locally and save money."

Partial funding through the DOT is available for the project, Clayton said.



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