Bids for Dakota City drainage project have costs lower than expected

By: Matt Scher, [email protected]

Dakota City, IA – Bids were opened up for the drainage district 80 tile improvement project in Dakota City that would replace the tile within the district to alleviate flooding near the school ballfield, with the project coming in substantially lower than what had predicted by engineering estimates from the counties’ engineering contractor, Jacobson-Westergard & Associates, Inc.

Two bids were received with each bid for a section of the project. Blacktop Service bid the road improvement portion at $22,434.56 and Doyle Construction, based in Fort Dodge, was the lone bid for the tile portion with a bid of $118,518.70 for a cement pipe while also submitting an bid for the alternative plastic pipe option at $108,268.70, with the board electing to go with the plastic option.

The total cost between the two bids comes in at $130,703.26 well under the estimation for the entire project that was pegged at $181,000 to $184,000 originally.

The board tentatively accepted the bids with a formal acceptance expected next week.