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City to award Sanborn construction bid

A decision that could have financial implications for businesses along a section of Sanborn Boulevard will be made Wednesday. The Mitchell City Council will award a bid for the Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The decision...

Traffic flows along on Sanborn Boulevard just south of the bridge on Tuesday afternoon. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Traffic flows along on Sanborn Boulevard in this Daily Republic file photo. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A decision that could have financial implications for businesses along a section of Sanborn Boulevard will be made Wednesday.

The Mitchell City Council will award a bid for the Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The decision is part of a special City Council meeting, and no other items are included on the agenda.

The council will consider two bids for the project that is expected to close Sanborn from Havens Avenue to just south of First Avenue, with both low bids coming from Dell Rapids-based BX Civil & Construction.

The first option would close the street for the duration of the project - which SPN & Associates said in a December meeting would kickoff in April. The full closure would cost $1,859,222.70 and have the street re-opened by July.

The second would close the road for utility work and re-open to limited two-way traffic on June 29. That bid came in at $1,860,723.70. This would push the final project completion date back to October.

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The bids are almost identical in cost, leaving the council with a decision to make regarding the length of the closure.

In December, Marco's Pizza's Josh Holdinghausen said he wasn't sure the full closure was satisfactory for his business. He said it would severely limit visibility to the restaurant. City Council members suggested at the time they would take comments from businesses into consideration.

Holdinghausen said in December that he could "live with" the hybrid plan that includes a temporary road closure.

The good news for the city is that both projects, plus $258,000 in professional fees, are within the project budget.

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