Water main project gets green light


Jackson Chambers, 17, of Humboldt, enjoys a friendly game of pickle ball recently on the courts at the Humboldt Recreation Center. Humboldt Independent photo.

By KENT THOMPSON
A new contractor with a competitive bid price is expected to complete the long-awaited Highway 169 water main replacement project this coming construction season.
That was the word reported at the Humboldt City Council’s bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
ISG, the city's civil engineering firm, estimate of probable cost of the construction, which has become more complex over time, was $1,060,938. Work will include installation of new eight-inch water main, hydrant assembly, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and sub-drain assembly, curb and gutter, pavement removal and two-inch hot mix asphalt base, full depth patching and driveway construction, among other costs.
Bids received were a quote of $1,005,726.40 from Reding’s Gravel and Excavating Co. of Algona, and a bid of $807,254.70 from Brian Nettleton Excavating Inc. of Joice.
Project Planner Nick Frederiksen with ISG said Nettleton is working in conjunction with Kirk Wunsch of Greene, who has completed several city infrastructure projects over the recent past. Frederiksen said there is no reason the city should not accept the responsible bid offered by Nettleton. The Council approved the work, which could take the majority of the 2021 summer construction season. Read more about city government in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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