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State’s transportation panel approves eight projects, including largest-ever

November 24, 2017 GMT

State government’s Transportation Commission approved eight more road and bridge projects on South Dakota highways Tuesday for 2018, including a Minnehaha County deal that a state official said would cost more than any before in state history.

That project connects new Highway 100 in Sioux Falls from Rice Street to Exit 402 on Interstate 90. Five structures are along the one-mile route.

Riley Bros. Construction Inc. of Morris, Minn., had the low bid of $54,665,168.60. Six competitors submitted more expensive bids. Highest was $62,325,658.00.

Commission member Mike Vehle of Mitchell seemed pleased. “Ten percent of that is five million bucks,” Vehle said.

Another commissioner, Kyle White of Rapid City, asked whether the contract was the largest amount ever.

“As far as we could tell,” state Department of Transportation official Sam Weisgram replied. “We looked back quite a ways.”

The work also covers curbs and gutters, storm sewers, traffic signals and lighting. The low bid was less than the department estimate of $55,077,607.56.

The commission gave a green light for seven other projects Tuesday.

A new structure will be built in Grant County across the north fork of the Whetstone River four miles north and two miles east of Milbank.

Prahm Construction Inc. of Slayton, Minn., submitted a low bid of $632,515.10 to install the structure. Four competitors also bid. The engineer estimate was $636,151.50.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 90 in Jackson County from east of Exit 152 at Kadoka for 10.89 miles to east of Exit 163 at Belvidere will be resurfaced.

Reede Construction Inc. of Aberdeen submitted a low bid of $18,706,382.34 for the resurfacing. Four competitors also bid. The engineer estimate was $18,946,691.53.

A half-mile stretch of US 212 through Henry in Codington County will get asphalt concrete surfacing, along with curbs and gutters, sidewalks, lighting and disability access.

Webster Scale Inc. of Webster submitted a low bid of $2,186,815.33 for the Henry work. Three competitors also bid. The low bid was 14 percent more than the engineer estimate of $1,904,389.50.

A 21-mile stretch of SD 73 and US 12 in Perkins County is set for shoulder widening, asphalt concrete surfacing and structures, along with lighting and curb ramp upgrades.

Loiseau Construction Inc. of Flandreau submitted a low bid of $15,634,157.08 for the Perkins job. Four competitors also bid. The engineer estimate was $14,536,072.03.

Pipe culvert repairs and sliplining are planned for various places in the Belle Fourche area of Butte, Harding, Meade and Ziebach counties.

Mainline Contracting Inc. of Rapid City submitted a low bid of $928,525.10 for culvert and sliplining work. Five competitors also bid. Mainline’s bid was 29.6 percent below the engineer estimate of $1,318,988.65.

The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 29 in Union and Lincoln counties from north of Exit 47 at Beresford to south of Exit 62 at Canton will get pavement repairs, asphalt concrete resurfacing, guardrail replacements and other work.

Border States Paving Inc. of Fargo submitted the low bid of $5,338,740.58 for the I-29 project. Four competitors also bid. The engineer estimate was $5,367,982.02.

Bridge deck repairs and chip sealing are planned for structures over Interstate 90 in Jones County from 3.2 miles west of Exit 183 at Okaton to 2.0 miles west of Exit 201 at Draper.

RAM Construction Services of Michigan Inc., based at Livonia, Missouri, submitted the low bid of $464,847.94 for the bridge work. That was 13.8 percent less than the engineer estimate of $539,402.42. Six competitors also bid.