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Bridge bid $90K under estimate

By Staff | Jun 21, 2010

John McDonald

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners heard some good news during a report from their county engineer.

Engineer John McDonald told the board that a bid for replacing a bridge on County Highway No. 6 (near the swimming pool in Blue Earth) came in over $90,000 under the estimated cost.

The county received four bids, McDonald says, and the lowest was from Duinick Brothers Construction at $1,085,529.

“We recommend awarding the bid to Duinick Brothers,” McDonald says. “They are the same firm which did the work on the Cartwright bridge last year, and do very good work.”

However, since the bridge funds include state and federal monies, McDonald says he had to send the bid to the state for approval.

“I am asking the board to approve the bid contingent upon Minnesota Department of Transportation approval,” McDonald says. The board did exactly that.

According to McDonald, the construction company wants to start the work right after the Fourth of July holiday.

“Since this will take three months to complete, we’d like to get it started as soon as possible,” the engineer says.

The board had several questions as to the bridge design plan, and the cost to the county.

To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.