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Board viewing bids on drainage projects
by Jebb Johnston
Apr 14, 2017 | 1441 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First proposed five years ago, the major drainage projects to take water out of the Oak Lane and Tishomingo basins reached bid openings during the past week.

While it’s a significant milestone for the project, the bids unsealed by Cook Coggin Engineers on Tuesday and Thursday did not appear favorable.

“Collectively, they appear to be above the monies available through the funding agencies,” said Johnny Crotts of Cook Coggin.

It appears likely the bid process will need to start over with some changes to the project. It will be up to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to decide the next step.

As they were bid, both contracts have multiple elements that could be removed in order to try to fit within the available funds.

The Tishomingo drainage basin project drew three bidders. The lowest base bid was $3.005 million, while the engineering estimate was $2.2 million. However, that estimate did not include a late change dealing with pipes to be placed under the Kansas City Southern Railway, which has been the main bottleneck for drainage in the area.

The Oak Lane basin project had two bidders. It extends along Hickory Road, Oak Lane, Magnolia Road and Shiloh Road, draining into Phillips Creek, and includes 2,047 linear feet of reinforced concrete box culverts; approximately 5,000 linear feet of drainage pipe; 2,000 linear feet of channel improvements; utility relocations; roadway replacements; riprap; and erosion control.

The Tishomingo basin extends along Polk Street crossing Washington Street, Tishomingo Street and the railway, draining into Elam Creek. The proposed work includes 640 linear feet of reinforced concrete box culverts; 1,200 linear feet of channel improvements; 7-acre detention pond; and the portion involving the railroad, including removal and replacement of KCS tracks.

Grant funding totals $4,090,624 million on what was proposed as a $5.1 million project.

Once awarded, the two projects are expected to be constructed simultaneously.
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