Thursday morning, July 16, at 11 a.m. as scheduled, the City of Eden Valley opened six bids they received for the Highway 22 road and water/sewer project scheduled for this construction season.
The apparent low bid, pending thorough review by the city’s engineers, is Kuechle Underground of Kimball with a bid of $3,078,483.77. The next highest bid was from Geislinger & Sons of Watkins at $3,596,281.41.
Other bids were, in order of amount: Northdale Construction Company, Inc., of Albertville at $3,786,521.61; R.L. Larson Excavating, Inc., of St. Cloud at $3,798,827.88; C & L Excavating, Inc., of St. Joseph at $3,817,792.95; and the highest bid was from Duininck, Inc., of Prinsburg at $4,419,018.70 (a total of $1,340,534.93 higher than the Kuechle Underground bid).
Although it is a bit late in the season to be opening bids, the city’s engineers are confident that most of the project can still be completed this year, with the remainder being finished up next year.
The railroad crossing work must be done by CP Rail this year. That work will be coordinated with Highway 22 construction for minimal traffic impact and to optimize construction time.
The city’s engineers will closely coordinate all work with the contractor, the railroad, and with the city. Every effort is being made to assure that next year’s Valley Daze parade WILL absolutely take place. (The route will be changed next year and forever after, but that is because of a change to the driveway at Assumption Church.)
Once the bids are reviewed and approved, it could take a week to prepare the contract. It will then be up to the contractor and the city as to when construction will begin.
As far as the city is concerned, the sooner the better.