Milwaukee Street project price higher than expected

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Competitive bidding proved not to be so competitive and as a result the cost to finish the closing of the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing will be much higher than expected.

The good news for the city, though, is that 90 percent of the higher-than-expected cost will be picked up by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, with the city only on the hook for 10 percent of the cost.

The City Council Tuesday approved an $83,821.50 contract with Buteyn-Peterson Construction to remove the crossing and put in a cul-de-sac on the portion of North Milwaukee Street between Elizabeth Street and the railroad.

The Sheboygan firm was the only bidder on the project, which the city has been ordered to complete this summer by the state Commissioner of Railroads.

The project was estimated to cost $59,455 by the city’s consulting engineers, Kapur and Associates. That put the actual cost just over 40 percent more than the estimate.

“The good news for the city is that we pay only 10 percent,” Public Works Director Bill Immich told the council.

Because the crossing closing was requested by the railroad, it must pay 90 percent of the cost. It still means the city will be paying almost $2,500 more than they had expected to.

The council also approved another contract that only had one bidder, but this time the bid was less than the estimated cost of the project.

The contract with Klunk Masonry of Sheboygan is for the Stayer Park shelter and sidewalk project.

The masonry firm will be paid $41,407 to pour the concrete base foundations and floor for the proposed shelter building in the renovated Stayer Park, along with a handicapped ramp for the shelter and decorative brickwork around the front of the building.

Immich said he had estimated the cost of the project would be around $45,000.

“We have ordered the shelter building and it’s scheduled to be delivered in July,” Immich told the council.

City Public Works employees will construct the shelter building, but the base and flooring need to be in before that work can be done, Immich said.

“We’ll get this going as soon as we can,” Immich assured the council. He noted that Klunk is the contractor who has done sidewalk replacement work throughout the city for the past several years.

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