Council to vote on Bridgeport road bid Monday | Government and Politics

SIOUX CITY | Amid concern from business owners about congested traffic in the city’s Bridgeport area, the City Council will meet for a rare fifth Monday session to advance the next phase of road work in the area.

The one-vote agenda will include approval of a bid for the second of four phases in a multi-million-dollar road improvement project, an effort to move up the anticipated completion date for a series of road fixes expected to help alleviate traffic issues. 

“It should help a lot of the larger trucks in the area make most of the turns in the area a lot more efficiently so they are not tracking off the roads,” civil engineer Brett Langley said. “In a couple spots, we’re adding lanes.”

Phase two includes the following work:

–Lane widening at the intersection of Bridgeport Drive and Patton Street.

–Lane widening and new traffic signals at the intersection of Murray and Patton streets.

–Realignment of the roadway at the intersection of Boulevard of Champions and Patton Street.

–A new traffic signal at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Singing Hills Boulevard.

–An additional right turning lane added to the southbound Interstate 29 off-ramp at Singing Hills Boulevard, which Langley said staff hope will help stop backed-up traffic along the interstate. 

The city received two bids for the project. Steve Harris Construction Inc., of Homer, Nebraska, was the low bid at $2,161,737.78. A bid by South Sioux City-based Mark Albenesius Inc. came in approximately $14,000 higher. Both bids were below the engineer’s $2,177,000 estimate. 

If all is approved Monday, the project is expected to begin in the next one to two weeks and conclude in December 2017. Phases three and four are expected to begin in early 2018.

The project is 80 percent funded through an Iowa Department of Transportation Revitalize Iowa’s Sound…

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