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Bid accepted for Wilson Road culvert

By: Jim Erickson

Work on replacing a culvert on Wilson Road is expected to begin soon following the Chesterfield City Council’s Nov. 6 approval of the low bid received on the project.

After design work was completed early in 2015, the project has been on hold due to difficulties in acquiring the necessary easements. With that issue now resolved, the city sought bids and has awarded the contract to Pavement Solutions, LLC, a firm based in St. Peters.

In addition to the successful bid of $419,792, Jim Eckrich, Chesterfield public works director and city engineer, asked and received council approval for a 15-percent contingency to account for any change orders, bringing the total amount to $485,000.

Chesterfield normally includes a 10-percent contingency in such contracts, but Eckrich asked for a higher amount because of the delay and the possibility that field conditions now may differ from those factored into the original design.

Weather permitting, the project should be completed by late spring 2018, Eckrich noted.

While the total cost is higher than the $420,000 originally projected, no budget amendment is needed primarily due to another public works project this year coming in about $80,000 under budget.

In a related development, the council also authorized a $105,000 contract with Sweetens Concrete Services, LLC, of Wentzville, for crack sealing in concrete and asphalt pavements, curbs and driveways in 22 miles of city streets. The contract total includes the company’s low bid of $86,025 and an allowance for extra work that may be done.

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