Mt. Sterling project goes back out to bid

(Posted Dec. 17, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A project to fix flood and drainage issues on Church and Market streets in Mount Sterling is going out to bid for a second time.

The first time, only one bid was submitted and it came in at $395,000, well over the $290,000 estimated cost for the project which calls for a new storm sewer line, catch basins, curbs and gutters.

The village has since revised the project. Instead of boring into the ground to replace the sewer line, the specs call for getting to the line via an open cut, which is a less expensive process. The new estimated cost, not including administrative expenses, is $271,361.

Joe Johnson, Mount Sterling village administrator, said more companies are capable of performing the open cut process, so he hopes to see more bids this time around. The timing helps, too.

“Hopefully with winter, the bids will come out lower,” he said, noting that companies are hungrier for work this time of year.

The bid opening is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in the Madison County commissioners office at the courthouse in London.

A Community Development Block Grant is paying for most of the project. The county and the village of Mount Sterling are providing some matching funds.

The drainage issues are causing street flooding, erosion of the railroad easement along Church Street, and foundation problems for buildings at the Church and Market streets intersection.

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