Archive for Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pleasant Street bridge replacement bid much lower than engineer’s estimate

January 18, 2011

The city of Tonganoxie received good news with the Kansas Department of Transportation’s awarding of a bid for the Pleasant Street bridge replacement project.

City Administrator Mike Yanez said KDOT informed the city last week the bid was awarded to King’s Construction of Oskaloosa for $279,932. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $471,000, he said.

KDOT is to provide 80 percent of the project’s construction cost with the city providing a 20 percent match plus absorbing design, right of way acquisition and utility relocation costs.

The $150,000 bid means the city’s share of construction cost will be $56,000, compared to the $94,000 assumed in the 2011 budget. Yanez said the city planned to pay for the project with $52,000 borrowed last year and $4,000 out of the city’s special highway plan.

“It’s very good news,” Yanez said. “There’s a lot of federal funding support for this.”

With the Tonganoxie City Council voting Jan. 11 to concur with the bid award, the city and KDOT would meet with the contractor, Yanez said. He said the project would probably start in March and take 70 working days to complete.

“There will be periodic closures, but the intent is to keep one lane open,” Yanez said.

The new bridge will have a 31-foot roadway and a walking lane.

“It will be a very good fit to improvements made on Pleasant Street,” Yanez said.


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