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United States : Three companies submit bids for Birdwood viaduct project.

Birdwood Viaduct project in North Platte received bids from three companies. On Thursday, Nebraska Department of Roads officials opened the offers, the lowest bid came from an out-of-state contractor.

The bids included:

Perrett Construction of Valentine - $8,430,384

Sema Construction of Centennial, Colo. - $8,294,936

Simon Contractors of North Platte - $9,096,738

Jerry Hitchcock, Lincoln County highway superintendent, said he is pleased with the offers. The highest lower than the estimated cost of $10.1 million.

Gary Thayer, NDOR district engineer said this is great news.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will decide whom to award the projects. Thayer said NDOR representatives are holding a meeting on Sept. 6 to recommend a contractor to the commissioners.

He said in the state of Nebraska, they are required to award a project to the low bidder unless an impropriety is found in the bid.

The Birdwood Viaduct, which will be built west of Bailey Yard, will connect U.S. Highway 30 to Front Road. The project discussion is going on for about 30 years. The main objective is to provide another entrance and exit for North Platte and to help lessen the congestion at nearby crossings.

The five percent of the expenses, up to a maximum of $504,000 will be paid by Lincoln County. Union Pacific Railroad will pay 43 percent - up to $4.3 million and the balance will be funded by NDOR.

Even though only three contractors submitted bids, a total of seven requested plans for the project. The others are Paulsen, Inc. of Cozad, Western Engineering of North Platte and Commercial Construction and Dobson Brothers Construction, both of Lincoln.

Thayer said the number of bidders was good and pretty typical for something like this. He said everyone interested in the project had to look at how it would fit into their schedules, subcontractors available and those kinds of things.

Thayer said he is expecting the construction to commence by late fall or early winter.

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