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Ionia Getting A StreetLift
Reconstruction work is planned for
The street work will include rebuilding the streets and curbs, gutters, catch basins and sidewalks. New trees will be planted and landscaping will be done. Fiber optic lines will be relocated, and water mains and sewers will be replaced. New street lighting will also be added.
Dykema Excavators Inc. is managing the project, as the firm submitted the accepted bid of $1.86 million — $300,000 under the city estimate for the work. But Dykema left out the cost of waterproofing the areaway walls and controlling soil erosion in its bid.
“Dykema has indicated a willingness to do these items per the plans and specifications at no cost. Staff has reviewed this matter with the City Attorney’s office, resulting in a determination that this omission is a technicality and can be waived by the city,” said Bill Cole, city engineer.
Four other contractors bid on the project.
The total cost for the work can’t exceed $2.66 million, which includes engineering, testing and administrative charges above the construction contract with Dykema.
Money to pay for the project will come from the city water system fund ($451,000), the city sewer system fund ($416,000), the city street fund ($122,000) and the Downtown Development Authority ($1.67 million).
Cole also reported that the city is looking into rehabbing the
Cole told commissioners that the bridge’s deck is deteriorating, as the latex overlay is coming apart, and he got their approval to apply again for a Michigan Department of Transportation grant to replace the deck.
“A grant application was previously sent in for the
“The grant is a good one. The grant would pay for $1.2 million of the work,” he added.
Cole said it would cost about $1.65 million to replace the deck, which hasn’t been replaced since at least 1970. The city should know by November whether it will get the MDOT grant. If it does, the bridge work would start next summer.