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Worthington City Council accepts bids for street projects

All bids were higher than expected.

Worthington City Hall

WORTHINGTON — Bids for several 2021 street projects exceeded the engineer's estimate of project costs, and the Worthington City Council approved the least expensive bids.

Bids for bituminous overlay, which is a style of black road paving, were received July 28, and the council held a special meeting Monday to consider the options. First, council looked at a contract for Ryans Road from McMillan Street to Ray Drive. The project qualifies for municipal state aid. While the engineer estimated a cost of $432,856.04, the two bids received were both higher. Duininck, Inc. bid at $445,912.32, and OMG Midwest, Inc. doing business as Minnesota Paving & Materials bid at $489,866.05. Council members selected the less expensive bid, from Duininck.

A separate project is divided into two phases. Schedule 1 includes street surfacing Cherrywood Lane from South Crailsheim Road through the cul-de-sac and Sterling Avenue from Sutherland Drive through the cul-de-sac. The engineer estimated $89,641.20 for this phase, and bids came in at $128,093.70 from Minnesota Paving & Materials and $150,534 from Duininck.

Because this residential area is being developed by Johnson Builders & Realty, Steve Johnson was present at Monday's meeting and weighed in on costs. Johnson said all the property owners except for one were in favor of the council awarding a bid, even though the low bid was 43% higher than the estimate.

Schedule 2 of that project includes bituminous overlays on 11th Street from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue, 14th Street from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue and Milton Avenue from Clary Street to First Avenue. The engineer's estimate was $314,011.31. Minnesota Paving & Materials bid $$366,295.05, and Duininck bid $424,043.75.

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City council members voted unanimously to award both bids to Minnesota Paving & Materials.

Also at Monday's meeting, the council accepted a quote for a security system for the field house, at a total of $45,540.34 from Midwest Alarms.

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