Ward Road bridge bid on budget

The lowest bid for work this summer on the Ward Road bridge came in at roughly the engineer’s estimate at $1.41 million.

Robert R. Schroeder Construction Inc. of Glenwood, Minn., was the low bid, asking slightly less than the estimated cost of $1.44 million. The next four bids ranged from $1.82 million to $1.9 million.

“The bid came in right where we needed it to,” said Marty Skroch, assistant to the Moody County Commission. “Any overages on that grant is paid for by the county.”

The bridge failed in 2016 and has been closed to through traffic. Because the state is paying for a majority for the bridge project costs, the plan had to go through the state for approval and was delayed several times.

The project completion is estimated for Nov. 9.

In addition, the state will put out bid requests for another Moody County bridge two miles east and 2.2 miles north of Flandreau on 483rd Avenue over Mud Creek. The bridge is a box culvert design.

In other county commission business at the April 3 meeting,

  • After approving the final design for its new ambulance, the county will now place the order. The vehicle will be marked with “Moody County EMS” rather than use the word ambulance. The company building the ambulance is scheduled to have it completed by the end of June, Skroch said.
  • The commission approved the application for renewal of the liquor license for the Flandreau Country Club.

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