Bids for construction of sidewalks on the east side of Clark Avenue and the north side of State Street from Clark Avenue to Westmoreland Avenue are approximately $90,000 over budget.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann presented the bids to the personnel, finance and public works committee Monday night.
Krupp Construction gave the low bid of $323,989.95. The city budgeted $251,000, which included construction engineering funds of $25,000.
Other bids were: K.J. Unnerstall, $329,447.55; Pavement Solutions, $354,748.27; Amcon Municipal Concrete, $357,792; NB West, $382,863.27; and Kelpe Contracting, $388,445.82.
The city received a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to finance sidewalks. The grant requires a 20 percent funding match.
Part of the reason for the higher bids, Zimmermann said, is that concrete prices are volatile.
“We do recommending going forward with the project,” Zimmermann said.
Mayor Mike Livengood noted that the sidewalks on State Street are bad.
“They’re nonexistent in some places,” Zimmermann added. “The project would allow us to extend sidewalks up State Street and across Clark to tie into both Central Elementary, the middle school and the park.”
It also ties together the recently completed lake improvements funded through a Community Assistance Program (CAP) grant.
The TAP grant provides funding for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving nondriver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation and safe routes to school projects.
The bid will go to the full board of aldermen for final approval.