Flood Protection Bids Opened, Low Bid Far Below Engineer’s Estimate

Construction bids for Phase 1 one of Minot’s flood protection plan were opened Wednesday morning. Phase 1 runs from approximately Broadway to 3rd Street NE and includes a combination of floodwalls and levies. A large pump station to the West of the Broadway bridge is also a significant portion of Phase 1 designs.

Engineer estimates for the work were approximately $59 million. There were multiple low bids for the project that came in at approximately $46 million. The full news release from the Souris River Joint Board follows below. Bids for Phases 2/3 will be opened next week.

A video animation that shows phase one features is also included below.

—- Official News Release, SRJB —

A bid opening today on the first phase of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan shows an apparent low bid of $46 million, approximately $13 million below the engineer’s estimate. The results are unofficial at this time, as the Souris River Joint Board, City of Minot, and the engineering firm of Houston Engineering need to review the bids to ensure accuracy and look for any irregularities. A construction bid recommendation will go to the Minot City Council and the Souris River Joint Water Resource Board for review and possible approval.

The Phase 1 – Fourth Avenue Floodwall Project includes levees, floodwalls, a major pump station, and a pedestrian opening to the river. It spans from just west of Broadway to the east side of Third Street NE, on the north side of the river – covering approximately six blocks of flood protection. No start date on construction has been set, as the design engineers expect the project to take between 2.5 and 3 years to construct.

The cost share on this phase, and the other two early phases which will have bid openings next week, is being done on a 65/35 split, with 65 percent coming from the state and 35 percent from local funds. The primary source for local funding is from a portion of the Minot city sales tax.

Josh Wolsky

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