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Oswego will re-bid creek path repair project : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Oswego will re-bid creek path repair project
Lone bid came in more than $400,000 over consultants' initial estimate

by John Etheredge


The Village of Oswego will seek a second round of bids from contractors to repair a section of the Waubonsie Creek Path.

The path, which adjoins the creek between Adams Street and the Fox River, was damaged by floodwaters in April 2013.

The village received just one bid for the repair project, but it was well over the village's engineering consultants' estimate, according to Jennifer Hughes, the village's director of public works.

The bid was opened June 24.

Hughes said the village has placed $200,000 in its current fiscal year budget to pay for the path repairs, but the bid received for the project totaled more than three times that amount: $652,547.

Hughes said there were two significant cost discrepancies between the village's engineering consultants' estimate and the contractor's bids.

One cost discrepancy involved a concrete retaining wall intended to prevent future path damage in the event of another flood, Hughes said.

The other cost discrepancy was the result of the contractor proposing an elaborate system to de-water the construction site as the repairs are made instead of completing the project with sandbags when the water level on the creek is low, according to Hughes.

"Those two items amount to almost 75 percent of the amount of the difference in the bids," Hughes said.

The village board accepted Hughes' recommendation to reject the initial bid and to seek a second round of bids.

"We will go out and talk to several contractors to make sure we get more bids on this," Hughes said.

The path remains open, but a portion of it crumbled into the creek during last year's flood event. To protect pedestrians and cyclists using the path, the village has installed a cyclone fence between the creek and the path.

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