HJ - South 16th Street Repairs

Crews replaced damaged sections of concrete on South 16th Street in September 2019. (Herald-Journal photo)

Work on the $1.5 million street improvement project to take place in Clarinda later this year is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 30.

A resolution approving the contract and bonds for the street improvement was passed by the Clarinda City Council during its meeting Wednesday, May 13, at the Lied Public Library and also conducted over Zoom.

OMNI Engineering of Omaha, Nebraska, was awarded the contract for the project April 22. The company submitted a bid of $1,334,821.35 for the repair work on streets originally designated in the project.

Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon informed the council Wednesday the contract called for the street improvements to be divided into two phases. The first phase is scheduled to be substantially completed by Aug. 31 and consists of a two block section of Garfield Street where Agriland is constructing new grain bins.

“That one has to be done before harvest,” McClarnon said.

A substantial completion date of Nov. 30 was then set in the contract for the rest of the streets to be included in the project. The work involved in the street improvements will include asphalt work, milling and street overlays.

Council member Matt Ridge pointed out sidewalk repairs were also included in the project contract. McClarnon confirmed sidewalk repairs would be done at intersections included in the project to make them accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since the bid from OMNI Engineering came in below the $1.5 million estimate for the project, McClarnon said April 22 the city would be able to include a few more blocks of streets in the project.

“I have a good idea where I think we can do an extra five or six blocks,” McClarnon said.

In another street issue, council approved the final pay request of $3,406.40 from Crain Construction for the 12th Street realignment project.

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