Friday, October 24, 2014

Logan Street sidewalk project delayed after bid returns too high

By The Herald Staff | 12/16/2013

A sidewalk might be in the cards for the north side of East Logan Street in Ottawa.

But not as soon as Ottawa city officials had intended.

A sidewalk might be in the cards for the north side of East Logan Street in Ottawa.

But not as soon as Ottawa city officials had intended.

The lone bid for the East Logan Street sidewalk project came in nearly $11,000 above the engineer’s estimate and has prompted the city to put that work on hold until 2014.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 4-0 Monday to reject the $114,773.95 bid from Killough Construction Inc., 3633 Old U.S. 59, Ottawa. The city plans to extend the sidewalk on the north side of East Logan Street [K-68] from in front of GreatLife Golf & Fitness, 1001 E. Logan St., west to Main Street.

The work would have provided a continuous sidewalk from the new stop light at Davis Avenue to Main Street.

“Currently, there are two gaps where there is no sidewalk and a number of curbs still inhibiting the route for those with mobility challenges,” Wynndee Lee, director of planning and codes administration, and Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, wrote in a Dec. 11 memo to Richard Nienstedt, city manager.

City officials had hoped to complete the project this fall, but the bid came in above city engineer BG Consultants Inc.’s estimate of $104,565, Lee said.

Lee told city commissioners Monday that city staff would like to rebid the project in 2014. City funds were not available at this time to cover the additional cost of the current bid, she said.

The bid came in at more than $100 per square foot for sidewalk ramps, which Haney said he found alarming.

“I don’t think that’s really what Killough had intended,” Haney said. “I think there must have been some misunderstanding [about the bid specifications], and I’d like to put this out for rebid.”

Killough has been the successful low bidder and worked on numerous projects with the city in the past.

Lee stressed the city was not abandoning the project, and the goal remains to provide pedestrians with a continuous, safe sidewalk route that connects the Davis Avenue area with Main Street and then on to the downtown business district and community trails.

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