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The Shawnee News-Star
  • ODOT bids come back over original estimate

  • The Kickapoo bid opening received two bids Thursday.
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  • The Kickapoo bid opening received two bids Thursday.
     
    The Oklahoma Department of Transportation estimated the street would cost $8.9 million to repair, and both bids came in significantly over that.
     
    The low bid, from Haskell Lemon Construction Co., was $11.3 million.
     
    The high bid, from Allen Contracting, was $12.4 million.
     
    “They both came in well over the estimate,” ODOT Spokesman Larry Clore said.
     
    ODOT engineers will look over the bids and make a recommendation to the ODOT Commission at their next meeting, Dec. 3.
     
    Clore added that if engineers do not find that their estimate was too low, they may reach out to the City of Shawnee for a recommendation, or additional funding.
     
    Marta Land, House of Flowers owner, said she was not surprised that the estimate was different from the bids.
     
    “That’s what happens when a project takes too long – prices go up,” Land said.
     
    “We’ve been talking about Kickapoo for 30 years,” she said. “We’re still talking about it.”
     
    Land said she believes the street is affecting her business, because people will avoid Kickapoo altogether when driving.
     
    Margaret Davis of with Golden Key Realty, Inc. said she hopes this does not cause the project to take any longer.
     
    “That would be quite a jolt to all the Kickapoo people at this point,” Davis said. “It troubles me, if it means there’s a chance it’s not going to get done.”
     
    “I’m just shocked that it’s that much over,” she added.
     
    ODOT will vote on the bids at their Monday, Dec. 3, meeting.
     
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