Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

KDOT reviews Main St. bids

Lexeco’s $10.17 million proposal is apparent low bid on project

April 20, 2006

The contractor for the Main Street System Enhancement project is likely to be Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co.

The Kansas Department of Transportation on Wednesday, April 19, opened sealed bids for the project and Lexeco submitted the apparent low bid of $10,174,54.

Maggie Thompson, KDOT's public involvement liaison for the project, said it's likely Lexeco would be awarded the bid but state transportation officials first must review the opened bid to make sure it meets KDOT's requirements.

"They'll double check the amounts and make sure everything is there," Thompson said. "They want to know, do they have things in the bid to get the job done with the specifications set out?"

There were just two bids received for the project; the other bidder was J.M. Fahey Construction Co. of Grandview, Mo., which submitted a bid just under $10.4 million.

Thompson said KDOT's review of the bid should be completed by Tuesday, April 25, at which time the bid will be officially awarded.

This Main Street System Enhancement project calls for widening Main Street from Connie to Ida streets to include a center turn lane, rebuilding the bridge over 7-Mile Creek, reconstructing medians from Gilman Road to Ida Street and constructing a "reverse frontage road" north of West Mary Street to West Kansas Avenue.

The city and state are partners in the project, with the city picking up 20 percent of the cost and the remainder being paid for by the state.

The projected timetable calls for work to be completed by spring 2008.

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