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The first phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan, which includes floodwalls along Fourth Avenue NE, will be rebid in November due to legal concerns.
At the bid opening on Oct. 25, there was an apparent low general bid and a low combined bid from different contractors, but there was no bid on the mechanical portion of the project. State law does not allow the low combined bidder to obtain the contract unless the low combined bid is less than the sum of the total separate bids, which means there was no definitive low bidder. As a result, the phase will be rebid, with the second round of bids scheduled to be opened on Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at City Hall.
The Phase 1 - Fourth Avenue Floodwall Project includes levees, floodwalls, a major pump station, and a pedestrian opening to the river. It spans from just west of Broadway to the east side of Third Street Northeast, on the north side of the river – covering approximately six blocks of flood protection. No start date on construction has been set. The design engineers expect the project to take between 2.5 and 3 years to construct.
Bids were also opened for Phase 2 and Phase 3 in late October, with Wagner Construction submitting the apparent low bid of $35.7 million. The bid was about 14 percent below the engineer’s estimate on the two phases. Phases 2 and 3 include work from the U.S. Highway 83 Bypass to Third Avenue Southwest on the north side of the Souris River. It includes about 9,000 linear feet of earthen levees, a roadway closure structure at 16th Street Southwest near the Minot Water Treatment Plant, and a large storm water pump station near Perkett Elementary School.
The Souris River Joint Board will review the bids and meet with state and local funding agencies. The contracts should be awarded before the end of the year, and construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2018.
The cost share on the first three phases is being done on a 65/35 split, with 65 percent coming from the state of North Dakota and 35 percent from local funds. The primary source for local funding is from a portion of the Minot city sales tax.