Normally when a city or county sits down to review bids on a very expensive public works job, in this case the Nelscott 101 widening project, they kind of wince as they open the bid packages, hoping the low number is genuinely low.
Well, Monday, they got not only a low figure, it was really low. The wining bidder to move outward the city’s sewer and water mains along portions of the Nelscott-101 right of way came in waaay below what was expected. The company said it would do the job for $688,000 rather than the one million dollar engineer’s estimate. Big relief.
City Manager David Hawker told the city council at their last meeting that the big bump-up in price based on the latest ODOT demands in terms of “partnership” money on the project came out of the blue. Hawker’s last words on the matter was that he would report back with a plan. But it was obvious he was not pleased.
So, an over $300,000 savings should help. Just watch out for those “change orders” Mr. Hawker.