Sorry, Yankton: more strut replacement for you. The Department of Transportation got just one bid for the Yankton Highway 50 reconstruction project, and it was way high:
By a 6-1 vote, the South Dakota Department of Transportation rejected Thursday the lone bid for the Highway 50 reconstruction project in Yankton.
The bid had previously come in at around $11 million, far above the estimated $8.7 million. The DOT had put the project on hold for further review prior to Thursday’s meeting by conference call [Randy Dockendorf, “DOT Rejects Highway 50 Bid,” Yankton Press & Dakotan, 2015.04.09].
Hmmm… did the lone bidder get the message from the Legislature’s passage of the big road bill that the state has lots of of new money coming in to spend on contractors? Did all the other contractors in the area not get the memo to compete for those new road dollars? Do our road contractors already have so much work that the state and counties won’t be able to hire them even when the new gas tax and wheel tax and license fee dollars start piling up?
Most bids for DOT projects opened April 1 had multiple bidders, and twelve out of sixteen bid items came in under budget.