Low Bid for Maquoketa Streetscape Project

MAQUOKETA, Iowa — One of the seven bids for the downtown Maquoketa streetscape project came in substantially lower than the engineer’s estimate.

John Wansnider of IIW, P.C., City Manager Brian Wagner and Public Works Director Frank Ellenz opened seven bids for the project last week. The engineer’s estimate was listed at $4.7 million for the entire project, including extended work on Quarry and Main Streets.

The apparent low bid was submitted by KE Flatwork of Eldridge at $3.65 million.

Wandsnider said officials will spend the next couple of weeks looking at the numbers to make sure the math was done correctly and that the bid includes everything on the spec sheet.

The other bids were: Portzen Construction of Dubuque, $4.65 million; Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete of Cascade, $4.84 million; Pirc Tobin Construction of Alburnett, Iowa, $4.95 million; Tchiggfrie Exacavating of Dubuque, $5.15 million; Miller Trucking and Excavating of Silvis, $5.34 million; and Horsfield Construction Inc. of Epworth, $5.45 million.

A second option was without the Quarry Street work, and the bids were $500,000 to $700,000 less for that project. The overall project includes a new street, utilities and amenities, such as street lights and benches for Main Street. The utilities under the street were built in the 1900s, and City Council members say they need to be replaced.

“Seven bids is very good,” Wansnider said. “We were bidding at the right time. In February, we got bids of $1.4 million just for the Quarry and Main work. But you never know what you are going to get.”

City Manager Brian Wagner said funding for the project will come from the stormwater utility fund, general fund reserves and road use tax reserves. “We don’t know if this will raise taxes,” Wagner said.

If the council approves the bid at its Dec. 21 meeting, Wagner said there are 60 temporary easements they will need from downtown businesses. “We don’t want to get excited until we’ve looked at the bids,” Ellenz said.


Article Written By: Sherri Melvold at the Quad City Times