$1.91 million bid awarded
15th Street work to begin in April
March 12. 2013 2:31PM
The last phase of the 15th Street Construction project will cost less than anticipated.
The Dell Rapids City Council awarded Metro Construction the contract to complete the planned infrastructure upgrades. Of the nine bidders, the Sioux Falls company was lowest with a $1.91 million quote, about 15 percent less than what city engineers had estimated.
Trent Bruce with DeWild, Grant & Reckert (DGR) told the council at its March 4 meeting Metro Construction has a strong track record and doesn’t expect much, if any, fluctuation in the original bid as the project begins construction toward the end of April.
“They would be authorized to start sooner than that but they’re a contractor that has a reputation of getting in and getting things done and getting out of there,” he said.
Bruce said Metro Construction will use two crews for the project.
“That should alleviate the time frame that they have things torn up,” Bruce said.
The project includes work on 15th Street between Clark and Garfield avenues. The project also includes infrastructure upgrades to State Avenue between Thresher Drive and 12th Street and Garfield Avenue between 15th Street and 12th Street.
Also a part of the project, a water main will be removed from the side of the Garfield Street Bridge and a new line will be bored under the Big Sioux River. A sewer-casing pipe will be installed under the river to provide future sewer service south of the Big Sioux River.
The City recently began taking site reservations for the city campground, which saw a host of upgrades since last summer.
To better organize the campground, 15 gravel flats have been installed, upgrades to an electric panel were made and 15 utility hookups have been numbered.
Dell Rapids City Administrator Justin Weiland said campers need to make reservations at City Hall before traveling to the campground.
The campground is open from May 15 to Oct. 1 and sites are $15 per night.
Bridge inspections ahead
Two Dell Rapids bridges are soon up for inspection.
Weiland told the council the Garfield Avenue and 3rd Street bridges are due for biennial inspections as required by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. The council agreed to use consulting engineers Banner Associates, Inc. for the inspections. Banner Associates performed the inspections in 2011.
The council approved the temporary closure of 7th Street between Ladelle and Orleans avenues on April 27 for a few hours while Delores Moe holds an auction. The council approved a request by Moe to have the $100 permit fee waived.
|Riley Parks / For the Dell Rapids Tribune
The utility line that runs along Garfield Avenue bridge will be relocated to the bottom of the Big Sioux River this spring as a part of the 15th Street construction project.