Apparent low bid $600,000 less than estimates
Mayor Don Wesely said bids were opened October 23 for the first phase of the Antelope Valley channel work, and the apparent low bid of $2.75 million was about $600,000 below cost estimates. It was submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers by Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Three other bids were submitted. All bids will be reviewed by the Corps and the City of Lincoln before a contract is awarded, and construction could begin in December.
The first phase of the channel work is designed to accommodate a 100-year flood and involves the modification of the Antelope Creek channel along the west side of the Devaney Sports Center from Salt Creek to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tracks.
Upon completion of this channel work, the Army Corps of Engineers will follow with modification of the BNSF bridges, a second channel project from the tracks to "R" Street, and the final channel project from "R" Street to about "J" Street.
"When the improvements are completed, Antelope Creek will be able to accommodate a 100-year storm through the affected area," said Mayor Wesely. "Taking 800 homes and 200 businesses out of the 100-year floodplain is a major step forward for our entire community."
The channel work is one portion of the larger Antelope Valley Project which includes flood control, community revitalization and transportation improvements. Work on these community revitalization and transportation facets of the project will take place concurrently with much of the Army Corps of Engineers work. Other roadway and waterway projects will include the construction of 13 bridges and 6.2 miles of new roadway. Planners expect the public investments in reducing the flooding threat and traffic congestion will attract private investments in housing, retail and office developments and community centers.
The entire Antelope Valley project is expected to take six to ten years at an estimated cost of $223 million.