Lack of bidders delays street projectA city street project is going to take longer than expected after no one bid on a portion of the project.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A city street project is going to take longer than expected after no one bid on a portion of the project.
The effected project area is East Fifth Street between Sixth and 12th avenues.
“With no bidders, we are now reversing some of the steps,” said Public Works Director Jeff Goetzman.
The city had already had the surface milled as part of a larger contract for milling citywide, Goetzman said. By including all the milling needs in one bid, it saves the city money, he said.
The original design of first phase of the East Fifth Street project called for removing and replacing curb and gutter in addition to some sewer work in the area, which was put to bid. City crews were going to pave the road between the new curbs.
“We have hired a contractor to do small amounts of storm sewer work in the next couple of weeks, and when that is done, we’ll put the first lift of blacktop down to get the road more passable and smooth for winter,” Goetzman said. It “will have fresh blacktop for winter.”
He said the plan now is to finish designing the second phase of the East Fifth Street project, from Sixth Avenue to Belknap Street, and bid both phases of the curb and gutter project in mid-winter for the 2014 construction season.
A second layer of blacktop will be added to the first phase of the project once the curb and gutter is complete, Goetzman said.