Bid of $7.6 million on first Bass Road phase
Friday, December 02, 2016 3:25 PM
Primco Inc. of Fort Wayne has submitted the apparent low bid of $7.6 million to construct the initial phase of improvements along Bass Road from Hadley Road to Clifty Parkway — a bid about 15 percent below the engineer’s estimate. The Allen County Board of Commissioners already has agreements in place with the Indiana Department of Transportation for federal funding to cover 80 percent of the project costs. The construction contract is expected to be awarded within the next few weeks and a project schedule will be determined once pre-construction meetings have been held.
In the initial phase the existing two-lane road will be expanded to three lanes with a center two-way left-turn lane and with new storm sewers and curb and gutter drainage; a new roundabout will be added at the intersection of Bass, Hadley and Yellow River roads and the CSX rail lines; a roundabout will be added at Bass and Flaugh road; a multi-use trail will be added along the full length of the improvements, on the north side east of Hadley transitioning to the south side west of Hadley; the bridge over I-69 will be widened to accommodate the trail; and the bridge over the Flaugh Ditch just east of I-69 will be widened and rebuilt.
The roundabout intersections are proposed to address speeding and safety concerns. Temporary closures will be necessary for some sections at various points of the project, primarily for work on bridges and intersections. The project will eventually bring a variety of improvements to Bass between Hillegas and Scott roads.