J Street project to be bid in April

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The McCook City Council approved unanimously an engineering agreement with W Designs for the upcoming J Street construction, but not without one councilman checking out a few finer details.

Bids for construction on one of McCook's busiest thoroughfares will be opened in April and the work should be done by next fall. The project, from West 10th to U.S. Highway 83, will consist of replacing asphalt with eight inches of new concrete, re-doing some sections of curbs and gutters along with some sidewalks and replacing all of the existing water lines under the pavement.

Those who are used to taking J Street may want to find another path during construction this summer.

The street will be closed and traffic will be re-routed to adjacent alleys, said Greg Wolford of W Designs. A public information meeting for affected property owners on West J street is planned for the near future.

Councilman Aaron Kircher pulled the engineering agreement from the consent agenda and asked Wolford why the mileage rate was so high at 50 cents per mile. The government rate for mileage is 48.5 cents, Kircher said and the rate quoted by Miller and Associates, who is the engineering firm for another city project, is at 41 cents.

Wolford said 50 cents per miles was the "normal" rate and what his company has been charging for the past two years.

Councilman Marty Conroy agreed that it was the going rate and not excessively high.

Councilman Kircher then asked why $45,000 was listed for design services in one part of the agreement and in another part was listed at $40,000.

Wolford replied the $45,000 was an early estimate that was prepared for the state and that actual design services would not go over $40,000, as stated in the agreement.

Total costs paid to W Designs come in at $300,000, with $40,000 for design and $250,000 for construction.

Federal funds to help pay for the project are estimated at $250,000, with matching city funds at $250,000.

Councilman Kircher appeared satisfied with the answer and then asked if there was any clause in the agreement that addressed construction that went beyond the June 15, 2008, completion date stated in the agreement.

"We're assuming everything can be done in summer," replied Wolford, who estimated 6-12 weeks for the project to be completed. He said an estimated October 2008 completion date should provide plenty of time for the project to be finished.

In another city project scheduled this summer, the council unanimously approved a design and construction agreement with Miller & Associates to replace a water main on East Fifth from M street to Parkview. That agreement was approved at $5,500.

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