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Continued: Twin Cities construction boom means higher bids for cities' improvement plans

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 31, 2014 - 7:31 PM

The prospect of even higher prices down the road can leave a city with little choice on high-priority jobs. When Blaine sought bids on a small storm sewer project it got only one that came in at $4,000 more than the $25,000 estimate. City Manager Clark Arneson said he will recommend the City Council accepts it. “This is something we’d like to get done before spring,” he said. “If you delay, is it really going to be cheaper?”

In addition to the Crystal Lake trail extension, Three Rivers also rejected as too high bids it received for a bridge spanning a two-lane highway on its Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail and restrooms at Noerenberg Gardens in Orono. The Park District plans to explore lower-cost alternatives for both.

It will rebid the trail job early next year. “If it comes back significantly higher or even the same, we’ll go the board and ask if this is still a sound investment,” Vlaming said. “I’m hoping things will stabilize in the next few years.”


Susan Feyder • 612-673-1723


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