Council moves forward on patching project

Monday, August 8, 2022

LE MARS — The Le Mars City Council considered bids for PCC replacement at the Hawkeye Avenue and 12th Street Southwest intersection at its Aug. 2 meeting.

The project involves curb ramps and full depth patching in the area of the intersection.

Two bids were received and opened July 27.

According to a letter from Baylor Bestgen, project manager from JEO Consulting Group, the low bidder is I&A Construction, submitting a total price of $164,162.90. The engineer’s project estimate was $169,700.

“We consider the low bid to be in line with our estimate,” he wrote.

City Administrator Jason Vacura said, “Although our bids were limited, they came in basically right at estimate.”

He recommended the council accept and award the bid to I&A Construction, LLP, from Sioux City.

The second bidder was Hulstein Excavating of Edgerton, Minnesota, which offered a total base bid of $170,322.60.

Vacura told council members the project is a 20 working days contract, with a late start of Sept. 28.

“So it will be done this fall yet,” he said.

When asked if there were any complete closures of 12th Street, Vacura indicated there will be a stage where traffic cannot cross the railroad.

Bestgen was at the meeting, and said the project will be done in three phases, with some limited access to 12th Street during each phase.

Phase III will involve completing work around the railroad track, and will include no left turn from Hawkeye Avenue (Business 75) due to limited two way traffic.

The council unanimously approved awarding the bid to I&A Construction, LLP.

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