City Engineer Rick Gaul said the bid letting was November 10th. Six companies submitted bids for the project. Gaul said that the engineer’s estimate for the project was revised to $2.4 million. High bid was $2,459,442.5 by Walsh and Kelly. The apparent low bidder was HRP Construction of South Bend with a bid of $1,862,962.96.
Gaul explained that they are waiting for INDOT to breakout the portions of the project that will be 100% the city’s responsibility and the portions that will be included in the 80/20 federal split.
The lowest bid was considerably under budget and bidding was quite competitive with the difference between the two lowest bids only being $1,500 on a $2 million project.
There is still some paperwork to complete before the notice to proceed will be given and then the city will be required to pay their 20% before construction will begin. It is anticipated that work could begin near the end of the year although weather will play a big part in when construction begins.