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12th Avenue viaduct contracted, some concern raised by council member

Sam Pimper | The Columbus TelegramFebruary 23, 2019

The City of Columbus this week made waves regarding the construction of the 12th Avenue viaduct project by naming its contractor.

The city received three bids in reference to the project and opted to go with Omaha-based Hawkins Construction Company. The firm came in with the low project bid of $10,908,062.47 which was unanimously approved during this week’s Columbus City Council meeting with a 7-0 vote. Ward 4 Council Member J. Prent Roth wasn’t in attendance.

The build, expected to start in late March and span over an 18- to-24-month course, is being 80 percent funded through the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Federal Highway Administration, 10 percent by Union Pacific Railroad and 10 percent by the city.

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