Mesa County recycling savings on road projects back into budget

Bids for Mesa County road and bridge projects are coming in a lot lower than county engineers estimated — in most cases.

Of three projects approved by the Mesa County Commission this past week, two were bid at least $150,000 lower than county engineers originally estimated. A third project came in at $25,000 more than estimated.

“It is an interesting environment right now; there are a lot of people looking for work,” said Mike Meininger, engineering division director.

One project will correct safety problems at 20 1/2 Road and Colorado Highway 340. County engineers were going to flatten a hill on 20 1/2 Road because it was blocking a stop sign.

The project was originally estimated to cost $385,000.

The dangers and possible damage to neighboring residences eventually killed the dynamite idea, so the county reduced its estimate to $175,000. The winning contractor is doing the job for $50,000 less than that.

A second project will replace a bridge over a portion of the Persigo Wash at 24 Road and J.6 Road. The county’s cost estimate was $436,000. The bid came in at $283,000, or $153,000 less than estimated.

The third project is at 25 and H roads. The irregular intersection, known as the Appleton Corner, has a rotten core — an 80-year-old pipeline under the intersection needs to be replaced.

The county engineers estimated the job at $690,000. The lowest bid to do the job, which was accepted by the county, came in at $715,000.

“The other two (bids) were $100,000 more,” he said. “That is why it is such an interesting time.”

The money saved will be rolled back into the county’s capital construction budget to be used for other construction needs, said Jessica Peterson, county spokeswoman.


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