Archive for Thursday, July 27, 2006

Contractor awaits OK to begin Eisenhower project

July 27, 2006

Look for more orange road construction signs to be going up soon in Lansing: Bids are in for a reconstruction and widening project on East Eisenhower Road.

The Kansas Department of Transportation opened bids this week on the joint city-state project and said the apparent low bidder was D.F. Freeman Contractors. The Shawnee company submitted a bid saying it would do the work for $1.425 million.

John Young, Lansing Public Works director, said KDOT officials would pore over Freeman's bid before officially awarding the contract, which has a start date of no earlier than Aug. 1 and no later than Sept. 1.

Six companies bid on the project, including Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co. (Lexeco), which is the lead contractor on the Main Street System Enhancement project now under way in Lansing. The highest bid on the Eisenhower Road project was $1.81 million.

Young, who had worried bids on the project would be higher than anticipated, breathed a sigh of relief with the news.

"It's within the amount budgeted, so we're in good shape there," he said.

The project calls for widening and rebuilding East Eisenhower from Main Street to Kansas Highway 5 and installing curbs, gutters and storm sewers. Pedestrians will have a new sidewalk on the north side of the road. Drivers will be able to use new turn lanes at both ends of East Eisenhower.

Other features of the project, Young said, are to eliminate the skewed, three-pronged intersection at Eighth Street and Eisenhower and to align Seventh Street on the north and south sides of Eisenhower.

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