East Bethel approves two road project bids

The East Bethel City Council Aug. 15 approved bids for the reconstruction of Jackson Street and the seal coating of Sandy Drive.

The East Bethel City Council approved an almost $1.2 million bid to reconstruct Jackson Street between 181st Avenue and Viking Boulevard. File photo by Eric Hagen

The East Bethel City Council approved an almost $1.2 million bid to reconstruct Jackson Street between 181st Avenue and Viking Boulevard. File photo by Eric Hagen

Jackson Street will be reconstructed between 181st and Viking Boulevard. There will be a through travel lane in each direction along with six-foot shoulders on each side of the road.

This road is a significant north-south alternative route to Highway 65 and it has been a city goal for years to reconstruct it.

According to City Administrator Jack Davis, this segment had a vehicle per day count of 1,180 when a traffic study was last conducted in 2007.

A total of four bids were received. Rum River Contracting of Princeton submitted the low bid of $1,188,238.40. The engineer’s estimate was approximately $1.2 million.

East Bethel has quite a bit of recent working experience with this company. Rum River Contracting won the bid for the 2008 and 2010 city road improvement projects. It also constructed the east side Highway 65 service road between 205th and 209th avenues.

Pearson Brothers, Inc. of Hanover had the lowest bid of $55,631.05 for the seal coating of Sandy Drive from 221st Avenue to County Road 26 (229th Avenue). Only one other company submitted a bid. The engineer had estimated this project would cost $59,000.

East Bethel worked with Pearson Brothers on the Bataan Street seal coating project that happened last year.

Construction costs for both projects will be paid for through the city’s Municipal State Aid (MSA) account, which is funded by gas tax dollars distributed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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