County begins work on bridges
The Washington County Board of Supervisors awarded a construction contract for bridgework at the meeting Tuesday morning.
There will be three bridges that will have their bridge deck overlays replaced this summer, said Washington County engineer Jacob Thorius.
On G-36, work begins on the bridge located one quarter of a mile east of Nutmeg Avenue.
On G-26, the bridge that is just west of the West Chester quarry or by Gum Avenue and 190th Street will be worked on.
On W-62, the affected bridge is one quarter of a mile south of 320th Street.
On Feb. 21, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) did the bid letting for the overlay work together on these three different bridges, Thorius said. This funding for this project uses the farm-to-market funds, which is why the bid had to go through the DOT.
There were four companies that bid on the project, Thorius said. The low bid was from Cramer and Associates Inc. at $624,445.70. This was $125,000 under the county’s estimate for the work.
The next bid was PCI Roads LLC at $721,470.70, he said. The third bid was Cunningham-Reis Company at $723,472.30. The fourth bid was Jasper Construction Services Inc. at $796,545.
Thorius pointed out to the supervisors there was quite a difference between the low-bid from Cramer and Associates Inc. and PCI Roads LLC. However, Cramer Associates LLC has done quite a bit of work throughout the state. The design consultant the county used has worked with them and said the county would get good work from them.
Washington County supervisor Abe Miller asked Thorius where Cramer and Associates LLC were from. Thorius said they were from Grimes.
Thorius recommended the supervisors award the contract to Cramer and Associates LLC.
The supervisors unanimously awarded the contract to Cramer and Associates LLC.
April 24 is the start date listed on the bid, Thorius said. Once the contracts are signed and the DOT reviews the project,
Thorius will meet with the contractor to see if they can start then or after that date. A press release will be issued to let county residents know when construction will begin.