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Sauk rail bridge demolition work start date unknown

January 9, 2018 GMT

Initial talks that demolition work on the Sauk City railroad bridge could happen the first week of January have not come to pass.

It was reported during a Jan. 5 meeting of the Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission the panel was still awaiting key documents and insurance paperwork from the construction company awarded the bid.

During a special meeting of the commission Dec. 22, members accepted the bid of $884,100 for the demolition project from Veit and Company of Rogers, Minnesota.

The commission is still awaiting a signed letter of award from the company, which was drafted by Wisconsin and Southern and the Department of Transportation. Veit and Company also needs to issue a performance bond, insurability and an insurance certificate.

At the Dec. 22 commission meeting, Ken Lucht of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad told commission members the company said it was “eligible to get going on the work by Jan. 1.”

As per contract, the project demolition has to be substantially completed by March 31, with a final bill by June 1.

Lucht said the contractor is in the process of getting all necessary paperwork required by the commission.

“There is no holdup on behalf of the contractor,” Lucht said. “Only 10 days ago they received notice they’d won the bid. It would be unexpected to require the contractor to have everything in, especially with the holidays.”

Lucht said the contractor is doing everything in compliance with what was asked of it. Once all the paperwork has been collected, a preconstruction meeting can be scheduled.

Lucht said details about when the demolition work would start would be determined during the preconstruction meeting, which has yet to be scheduled.