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BRIDGE PROJECT AWARDED 4-20-16 LMS

The contract for construction of the Island Park Bridge has been officially awarded to Westfall Incorporated of Salmon.

Three companies submitted bids on the project and Westfall was the lowest. There were two alternatives on which to bid. Alternate A featured abutments of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE). Alternate B was for concrete abutments. The companies could select either alternate. Westfall Incorporated submitted a bid of $210,820 for Alternate B.

Alternate C of the project was construction of an east side approach ramp and Alternate D of the bidding process was an asphalt surface on the bridge deck. The Westfall Incorporated total for all project segments came to $235,138.

City Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise presented bid results to the April 20 meeting of the Salmon City Council and stated they have been reviewed by the City Attorney. She said the other bidders were Down to Earth Excavation of Salmon and Cannon Builders Cerise recommended the city include parts C and D and that the low bid be accepted.

Engineer Bill Gibbs encouraged the council to accept that recommendation. He called the price submitted on alternates C and D a good one and said it would be worthwhile to add them to the total bid amount. He said the money is in the city budgets and the reopening of the bridge to Island Park should be able to be accomplished this fall/winter as dictated by the contract. Gibbs said he appreciated the involvement of retired engineer and City Councilman Jim Baker throughout the lengthy process and many, many meetings.

City Finance Director Amy Fealko said the project will start around September 15 and therefore will be primarily in next year’s budget. She presented the council with a quick summary of funding that included the deck, installation at $235,138 and engineering costs to date plus costs of additional engineering and testing as well as project oversight costs and assessments. She said at this point yet to be approved costs total $118,800. Fealko said next fiscal year’s budget contains just under $201,000 in Contingency Funds.

The council vote to accept the Westfall Incorporated bid of $235,138 for construction of the Island Park Bridge was unanimous.
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