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The Shawnee News-Star
  • ODOT, city commission to vote on bids, funding for Kickapoo widening

  • The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is expected to award the Kickapoo widening bid to Haskell-Lemon Construction for more than $10 million.
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  • The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is expected to award the Kickapoo widening bid to Haskell-Lemon Construction for more than $10 million.
    The bid, which is for $10,313,000, includes widening Kickapoo, from Kickapoo Spur to MacArthur, to four lanes, and installing a 12-inch waterline.
    This project is being funded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the city of Shawnee. This portion of Kickapoo is currently classified as a state highway, however after the construction, it will change to a city street, leaving Shawnee responsible for its maintenance.
    The city of Shawnee is responsible for paying more than $2 million, City Engineer John Krywicki said in a statement.
    Of the total $2,150,715 the city is responsible for, more than $1.3 million has already been paid, Krywicki said, leaving an additional $849,365.33.
    The waterline costs came to $1,871,762.31. Additional non-participating costs totaled $142,953.67.
    The city is capped at $136,000 for participating costs.
    During the Oklahoma Transportation Commission meets Monday, they will award or reject the bid.
    "I believe that they (ODOT engineers) will recommend to the commission to accept the bid, not reject it," Dan Overland, Division 3 commissioner with the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, said.
    After the transportation commission makes their motion, the Shawnee City Commission will vote on their portion of the funding at their Monday night meeting.
    "If we were to award it, we would make that contingent upon the city's decision," Overland said.
    Along with the funding, an amended agree with ODOT will be discussed at the Monday night Shawnee City Commission meeting.
    Krywicki is expected to recommend the city commission accept the agreement, after sending a letter Friday recommending ODOT award the bid to Haskell-Lemon Construction.
    The initial estimate was almost $8 million, Krywicki said in his statement.
    ODOT documents explained why the bids came in so high over the estimate. The waterline came in much higher than expected, and according to ODOT documents, the contractor will sub-contract this work. According to the document, it will cost more if the work is separated.
    Of the five bids received, the contractor went with the lowest bid.
    Another reason the bids came in over estimate is because some of the materials were estimated to cost less than the actual cost.
    Messages left for City Engineer John Krywicki were not returned.
    The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will vote on the bid at their Monday meeting.
    The Shawnee City Commission will vote on their portion of the funding the same evening at 6:30 p.m. at Shawnee City Hall in Commission Chambers.

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