Engineer Larry Henry with MKEC said it was never good when the engineers are the low bidder.
That bit of levity softened the blow when he had to show the Augusta City Council that the estimate for the sewer line replacement at the Kelly and Ohio intersection was about $20,000 below the lowest bid for the work.
Alan’s Excavating of Augusta was the low bidder at $135,466.
Henry said after investigating the bids, he felt like the bid was fair and reasonable.
“We are working on a tight schedule and it will require a lot of coordination with other contractors,” Henry said. “It is also tough work to complete.”
The project to realign Kelly and Ohio will close one of the busiest intersections in Augusta for almost three months.
The detour around the work will take motorists down Josephine off of Ohio to the north of the intersection and 14th St. to the south of the intersection. Before the work begins at Kelly and Ohio, the streets used in the detour will receive a fresh asphalt overlay so that they can better handle the increased traffic.
“This is a big complicated project,” Henry said. “The sewerline work will begin right behind the overlay project and the paver will come in right behind the sewer work.”
Every deadline is important on city projects. However, this project is near the top of the priority list because the closure of the intersection is a hardship to several local businesses and if the intersection is closed for an extended time, traffic to and from Augusta High School will be affected at the start of the next school year.