By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The Marquette Council chose at its Dec. 10 meeting to send the city’s overlook project back to bid after the one bid received came back 79 percent over the engineer’s opinion of probable cost, which was just over $600,000.
The bid, admitted engineer Tim Cutsforth with HR Green, was not completely unsurprising. All season long, contractors have been busy, he explained, noting that prices were rising by at least 50 or 60 percent.
“We’ve seen this in other projects,” he said. “That’s the climate we’re dealing with.”
However, by bidding out the project this fall through a DOT letting, Cutsforth said he hoped there would have been fewer issues, so they proceeded with the originally-anticipated cost, rather than upping it.