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by Patty Cheffey
Deadline was approaching with no bids received for the County Road 402 bridge project, but fortunately for the Marion County Commission bids were brought in to Monday’s meeting prior to the 10 a.m. deadline.
The commissioners opened three bids, including ones from Bleigh Construction, Hannibal; Magruder Construction, Eolia, Mo. and MS Contracting from Brookfield.
Apparent low bidder is Bleigh at $663,962.40, but Matt Walker, engineer, will review the bids before the county gives final approval.
Magruder Construction had the second lowest bid at $668,785.55, while MS Contracting’s bid was $762,278.25.
When first considering the project, the engineer’s estimate was between $550,000 and $600,000, but he had recently updated that estimate to $625,000.
While all bids were still higher than the engineer’s estimate, Walker said he was pleased they did not come in any higher.
MoDOT will then need to approve the bid before it can be awarded.
With it getting late in the season, and with the knowledge Bleigh already has a project this winter, if Bleigh is awarded the bid, Walker said he would recommend the commissioners plan on starting the project early next spring, weather permitting. Otherwise, the bridge would have to be closed all winter.
In other business, Mike Schaefer, county road supervisor, reported he plans to put oil on County Road 266 this week with the hopes, weather permitting, of chip and sealing it soon.
The commissioners also approved of and signed a letter of support for the Hannibal Regional Port Authority’s EDA application for their Riverfront Docking project.
Teya Stice also reported Graupman Construction had sealed and painted stripes on both the Palmyra and Hannibal courthouses’ parking lots.