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Street project costs down from estimate

Assessments for the proposed street and infrastructure improvement project along 3rd Ave. S.W. may be less than first thought.

Construction bids for the project were received May 9, and the low bid came in at significantly less than the engineer’s estimate. According to a report by City Engineer Jade Berube, assessment figures for the 3rd Ave. project will be down by about 5-10 percent.

Original estimates put the construction phase of the project, which also includes resurfacing of the downtown parking lot area, at just under $1 million. The low bidder, R.L. Larson Excavating out of St. Cloud, Minn., has offered a total bid of $867,626.

Of that, about $700,000 is for the 3rd Ave. portion of the project, and the remaining $167,000 is for the downtown parking lot portion.

A public hearing on the assessments will be held at the June city council meeting. Residents directly affected will be getting more information in the mail soon, and will have the chance to ask questions and voice their concerns at the hearing.

After the hearing, the city will determine whether or not to proceed with the project.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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