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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Bids Favorable on Phase 2 of Highway 75 Construction

Concept drawing of downtown street

The low bid for the remaining nearly 1.8 miles of Highway 75 reconstruction in Sioux Center came in under the engineer’s estimate. 

This bid includes reconstruction of Highway 75 from 13th St. South to 12th St. North in an enhanced 4-lane design focused on safety, function, and showcasing Sioux Center’s character. This work will take place in three years, 2024, 2025, and 2026.

The $29.2 million bid on the Phase 2 construction work came from the lead contractor on the current Phase 1 Highway 75 work in southern Sioux Center, Godbersen-Smith Construction, of Ida Grove. The cost of this shared state/local project will be split with about $18.9 million being paid by the Iowa Department of Transportation and about $10.3 million being paid by the City of Sioux Center. The City Council will consider approving the low bid Friday.

“With Phase 1, we have been pleased with how Godbersen has been doing on the project and look forward to working with them on Phase 2,” said Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein. 

Prior to this bidding process, Phase 2 was anticipated to only take place in 2024 and 2025. Part of securing favorable bids was allowing the construction to extend into 2026 as well, City Manager Scott Wynja said, adding this potentially saved several million dollars.

The schedule of work for 2024-2026 has yet to be finalized and will be planned out this fall and winter.

The Highway 75 redesign is a 2.5-mile project to replace aging pavement and rebuild the highway in a safety-based design with two lanes of travel in each direction and center turn lanes and medians. This is a shared project between the DOT and the City of Sioux Center.

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