City to save on storm sewer project

The walls are starting to take shape at the new AmericInn Hotel and Suite at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and Highway 169 in Humboldt. The mid-scale hotel chain is expected to present a development agreement for the Humboldt City Council to act upon. The project has an anticipated opening of Memorial Day weekend. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Ten contractors from northern Iowa and southern Minnesota bid on Humboldt’s Lewis Street storm sewer replacement project.
The bids ranged from just over $200,000 to $378,000. The low bid of $204,526, submitted by Denver Underground of Denver, IA, was 22.9 percent below the engineer’s estimate of $265,402. The city of Humboldt bonded up to $250,000 for the project.
“We don’t usually see 10 bidders on a project, but it tells us that contractors are hungry for work and we are seeing excellent prices as a result,” David Doxtad, professional engineer with ISG, the city’s civil engineering firm, said.
After reviewing the bids for the Lewis Street project, the Humboldt City Council unanimously approved a resolution approving the bid from Denver Underground.
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