The Delta City Council awarded two bids totaling nearly $600,000 for street projects in the city.
The West 1st and North Palmer improvement project was designed in 2017 by Austin Civil Group as a solution to ongoing issues with drainage and subsequent roadway deterioration at the major intersection.
At the April 3 city council meeting, Mark Austin of the Austin Civil Group explained that one goal of the project is to create a smoother transition. Currently there's a "significant drop" on West 1st as it approaches Palmer, which he said is somewhat of a deterrent to truck traffic traveling from Highway 92 to access the alternate truck route.
In addition, the drainage infrastructure will be improved by piping stormwater into an existing open ditch running on the south side of the railroad tracks. Finally, ADA requirements will be addressed at the intersection.
Betsy Suerth, public works/utilities director, was pleased to note that seven bids were received for the project.
The apparent low bidder was Ridgway Valley Enterprises with a bid of $287,772. The next lowest bidder was Wells Excavating and Farming with a bid of $300,041.40. Local contractors bidding on city projects are given an 8 percent preference, which brought the Wells bid down to $276,038.09, less than the bid from Ridgway Valley Enterprises.
Council unanimously awarded the contract to Wells, assuming an additional cost of $12,269.40 -- the difference between Ridgway's bid and Wells' actual bid as a result of the local preference application.
The contract requires project completion by July 1. Suerth estimates the project will take four to six weeks.
Council also considered a bid for high density mineral bond (HDMB) applications on sections of Pioneer and G roads, as well as several subdivision streets. Selection was based on a 2016 road survey that formed the basis for a five-year street improvement plan.
The city has adopted a maintenance strategy that focuses on pavement preservation. Roads showing minimal signs of distress are considered ideal candidates for the HDMB application. HDMB is a unique emulsified proprietary blend of fine aggregates that can help protect the asphalt surface from breakdown by UV exposure and extend the life of a road 10-12 years.
The sole bidder was Andale Construction Inc., which applied HDMB in several Delta subdivisions last summer.
Although there was just one bidder, Suerth said the bid was very competitive at $271,861.16 or $3.04 per square yard. Council unanimously approved the bid, noting that last summer Andale did a good job of keeping residents informed about the 24-hour street closures required for application.
A total of $500,000 was budgeted for street improvements in 2018, leaving about $228,000 for additional street projects this year.
In other business, council members approved a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Confluence Cafe, 440 Main Street. Owner Mona Jensen now serves lunch and dinner.
Carl Jahn and John Vigil were appointed to the Delta Planning Commission, and bids were awarded for the purchase of a trench compactor and an irrigation pump for Cottonwood Park.