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Monroe Legacy

West Lincoln Street primed for improvements

After being delayed nearly a year due to the contractors inability to begin work on the project, the City of Monroe has a new bid for the West Lincoln Street improvements. Grimes Asphalt and Paving presented the low bid of $311,825 for the project, which now includes paving a parking lot for the trailhead area for the new bike trail, and was approved by the Monroe City Council at its March meeting.

“The engineer’s estimate that we provided the city was in the $345,000 to $350,000 range, with contingency and the bid that came in with Grimes fell right at our engineer’s estimate,” Alex Amadeo, an engineer at ISG, said. “It is a lot better than what we got last year from pricing, with all of the added work that we got. We feel pretty confident that Grimes Asphalt is a reputable company and that they will do good work.”

The new project extended the street width to 22-foot wide and includes excavation and grudging, preparation of an eight-inch subgrade, placement of six-inch sublease, placement of six-inch HMA roadway, driveway and sidewalk removal and replacement, any manhole adjustments and any site restoration to complete the project. A completion date of early August was given in order to have the street ready for the Old Settlers celebration and the beginning of the school year.

“After the next city council meeting, we plan to hold a pre-construction meeting shortly thereafter in April, so hopefully work will start the end of April, beginning of May, weather depending,” Amadeo said. “We will be working on getting a schedule from Grimes Asphalt and a list of subcontractors, as well, to the city.”

TK Concrete was originally approved for the project in August of last year. At an extended price of $290,273, the work included reconstruction of the existing hot mix-asphalt (HMA) roadways with a new 20-foot HMA roadway.

It was scheduled to be substantially completed on or before Oct. 31, but due to the weather and workload of the company, no work was ever started. The contract was subsequently terminated and the city council voted to re-bid the project.

Three additional bids were received from OMG Midwest at $376,546, Manatts, Inc. at $372,865 and Holbrook Excavating at $400,000.

“Grimes Asphalt is a good outfit,” Mayor Doug Duinink said.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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