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Bid of just over $2 million for Sumner Bridge

The Veteran's Memorial Bridge overlook project continues to progress toward a goal of $15,000. The organization recently received a donation of $250 from the Dakota City Worthwhile Club. Project organizer Joe Hadar (left) receives a check from Worthwhile Club member Kathy Eck. Submitted photo.

The Sumner Avenue Bridge construction project is a go after official action by the Humboldt City Council at their meeting Monday.
The council approved a bid of $2,064,472.71 for construction of the bridge. The low bid of the four received came from Godbersen-Smith Construction of Ida Grove. The total project is expected to cost $2.3 million.
Humboldt City Administrator Aaron Burnett is hopeful that work can begin on the bridge project by early next month.
Still at issue are utilities that are contained within the existing bridge or in close proximity to the bridge. Burnett reported that MidAmerican Energy is ready to relocate gas lines. Work has been bid to remove phone lines buried in conduit under the existing sidewalk.
“We have not heard back from Century Link on when they plan to do that,” Burnett said.
Approval of the Sumner Avenue Bridge construction project also makes way for a new sidewalk and retaining wall running west and south of the new bridge along the Sumner Avenue Hill.
Civil Engineer David Doxtad with I&S Group told the council that plans for the new sidewalk should be completed within a month, with the project ready to go to bid by the end of April.
A circular bridge overlook extending from the center of the sidewalk on the north side of the new bridge is a privately fundraised project to honor our military veterans. No taxpayer monies will be used for that portion of the project.
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