FD street projects move forward

Portions of two streets will be rebuilt and a new trail along Kenyon Road will be constructed as a result of Fort Dodge City Council action Monday.

The council hired Wicks Construction, of Decorah, to rebuild North 23rd Street between 10th Avenue North and Elmhurst Avenue at a cost of $288,711.60. The project will yield a new 18-inch diameter storm sewer, a concrete driving surface and new curbs and gutters. The work is to be done by Aug. 1.

Other bidders for the job included Godbersen-Smith Construction, Ida Grove ($291,210.79); Jensen Builders Ltd., Fort Dodge ($304,412.58); and Hovey Construction Inc., Fort Dodge ($366,990.36).

Godbersen-Smith Construction was hired to rebuild Avenue C between D and G streets at a cost of $494,633.30. That project includes a new driving surface, curbs and gutters, a 6-inch diameter water main, an 8-inch diameter sanitary sewer main and partial replacement of a storm sewer. That work must also be done by Aug. 1.

Other bidders for the job were Wicks Construction ($508,685.90), Hovey Construction Inc. ($536,207.40), and Jensen Builders Ltd. ($538,930.40)

Jensen Builders Ltd. was hired to build a new concrete trail along Kenyon Road between Eighth Street and Tower Drive at a cost of $276,013.25. Part of the trail in front of the Friendship Haven campus, 420 Kenyon Road, was built last year.

All three contracts were awarded on unanimous votes.

The council also voted to pay the Iowa Department of Transportation about $486,000 that was awarded to the city to help pay for the reconstruction of Wraywood Drive. The Federal Highway Administration subsequently found errors in some of the project paperwork and demanded the refund. However, following negotiations with the city staff, the federal agency agreed to give the city the same amount of money for the reconstruction of part of First Avenue North this summer. City Engineer Chad Schaeffer said he has received correspondence from the Department of Transportation stating that the funds will be returned for the First Avenue North job.

”At the end of the day, we don’t lose any money,” he said.