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City of Stewart to proceed with $3.7 million improvement project

The Stewart City Council awarded the bid for its 2016-17 improvement project after hosting an assessment hearing Monday night.
LaTour Construction, Inc., of Maple Lake had the lowest of seven bids received on the project, and was awarded the bid at $2.73 million. The total project cost is estimated at $3.76 million, with the inclusion of engineering, legal fees, a 10 percent contingency and other costs.
Andy Kehren, an engineer with Bolton & Menk, said the proposed project is actually the third phase of the implementation of a comprehensive improvement project started by the city several years ago. Included in the scope of work are improvements on Bowman, Powers, Mowbray, Croyden, Herbert and East streets.
Kehren said most of the proposed improvements are “driven by sanitary sewer needs, not by street surfaces or other things. We want to get the sanitary sewer corrected before we have more backups into basements.”
But because repairing the sanitary sewer requires the digging up of streets, the city also plans to make water main, storm sewer and street surface improvements, Kehren said.
For more see the June 15 print edition of The Chronicle.