User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


74° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

One Bid, Higher Price For 8th Street Project

April 30, 2012, 5:21 PM by Brady Mallory

One Bid, Higher Price For 8th Street Project
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Smoother roads may be ahead in Sioux Falls, but you will need to be patient. Construction is picking up, but some smaller projects are getting fewer bids resulting in higher prices.

Even though redesigning 8th Street has been a city priority since 2010, only one construction company, Buskerud Construction in Dell Rapids, bid on the project.

"It's a key gateway into downtown," Public Works Director Mark Cotter said.

It should look the part, and by next fall Minnesota Avenue to Main Avenue along 8th Street will look a lot more like Phillips Avenue.  Beyond replacing road pavement, the surrounding sidewalks will include more plants and seating to attract more pedestrians.  The medians will also include specially designed lights.

However, this road project has hit one speed bump.

"The final bid came in at $2.34 million," Cotter said.

That's about $150,000 more than the estimated cost.  Cotter said road construction projects usually have between five and eight bids.  The extras of this project might have turned off some companies.

"The hundreds of blocks we bid year after year are just straight roadway and sidewalk.  Contractors are familiar and comfortable with that.  A streetscape project you have to infuse planters, furniture, lighting and all of those factors are more of a building trade," Cotter said.

Only one bidding company is not a one way street to negative news.  Cotter said the positive about the low number of bidders could mean more local construction companies are busy with other projects.  Some companies might be waiting for something bigger.

"They look at what else is on the bid list and say, 'Alright, maybe at this point I will back away.'  That is what several bidders did." Cotter said.

Even though the final bid is more money than planned, Cotter said officials are working on saving some money.  By redesigning some of those extra features, city officials could save around $191,000 on the project.

Click on the image below for a larger picture of the final project.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Former US Senate Hopeful Walker Arrested In SD

9/10/2014 3:18 PM

Former U.S. Senate candidate Clayton Walker who's been indicted on election law violations has been arrested for reportedly threatening state empl...

Full Story
Wismer Says She'd Fire Anyone Who Knew About Fraud

9/11/2014 2:34 PM

The Democrat running for South Dakota governor says that if elected she would fire anyone in state government who knew about reported fraud in the EB-...

Full Story
Sen. Grassley Inquiry May Have Led To EB-5 Questions

9/10/2014 5:44 PM

One of Governor Mike Rounds’ political allies may have urged federal investigators to look into South Dakota's EB-5 program.

Full Story | Watch
Natives To Ask Questions Of US Senate Candidates

9/12/2014 5:57 AM

Three of the four U.S. Senate candidates in South Dakota plan to discuss American Indian issues in their latest meeting.

Full Story
DOT: Election Signs Are Banned From Right Of Way

9/16/2014 7:23 PM

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs can't be placed on state high...

Full Story


Events