Rasch Construction awarded street project contract

Project will focus on area just east of Beach Street west to Overpass Drive

Rasch Construction Inc. of Fort Dodge was awarded the contract for the 2021 Second Street Reconstruction Project Monday night as the City Council of Webster City met in regular session. The meeting was held on the Zoom platform and was also presented on the city’s Facebook page.

The 2021 Second Street project will pick up where the 2020 project left off, focusing on the area just east of Beach Street and continuing west to the bridge on Overpass Drive. The section from Prospect Street west to Beach Street was completed in November 2020.

The bid letting was held Jan. 21 at City Hall and was available via Zoom. Three bids have been received for the 2021 project with Rasch Construction Inc. of Fort Dodge turning in the low base bid of $3,306,208.00. Other bids were submitted by Reilly Construction Co. Inc. of Ossian in the amount of $3,374,232.95 and Wicks Construction Inc. of Decorah with a bid of $3,403.078.31.

Rasch Construction turned in alternate bids for additional work on Fair Avenue from Second to Third Street, Woolsey Avenue from Second Street north about 75 feet, Beach Street from Second Street north to 140 feet, Broadway Street from Second Street north to Third Street and from Third Street to the railroad tracks, for a total alternate bid of $1,008,909.50. That would bring Rasch’s total bid to $4,315,117.50.

“Because of the condition of adjoining streets, some storm sewers and some water mains, during our discussions, it is highly advised to include bid add alternatives to the project,” Wetzler said. The five bid alternates will not all be completed in the current year, he added.

The project will likely get underway in late April or early May with a completion date of Oct. 31, 2020 specified, not including the alternates.

The project will consist of new concrete street pavement, new sidewalks and all new infrastructure within the right-of-way, along with new street lighting on the north side. Funding for the project will come from general obligation bonds, according to Wetzler’s memo.


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