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County Board approves bids for 2018 road projects

The McLeod County Board of Commissioner approved a low bid of $11.96 million for three “packaged” road projects for 2018 at its Tuesday morning meeting.
In June, the board had rejected bids for all three projects because bids came in about 5 to 6 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate.
County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst reminded the board that the recommendation to reject the bids in June was with the understanding that the projects would go out for bids in winter, and as one package since the three projects are in the same general area.
However, Brunkhorst noted, the new bid was still about .8 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate, primarily because of a fuel escalator clause in the bid specifications.
The projects include the reconstruction of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 3, also known as 110th Street, between CSAH 1 (Dairy Avenue) and the Carver County line; reconstruction of CSAH 15 (Falcon Avenue) between CSAH 22 (180th Street) and State Highway 7; and a concrete overlay of CSAH 15 (Falcon Avenue), between CSAH 3 (110th Street) and CSAH 22 (180th Street).
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye had the low bid of $11.96 million. Six other bids also were received.
For more from Tuesday's County Board meeting, see the Jan. 3 print edition of The Chronicle.