Saugatuck to launch $1 million in street repairs

Scott Sullivan

The City of Saugatuck will commence close to $1 million in 2014 street repairs this month with reconstruction of stretches on Main and Hoffman streets and Village Square parking lot improvements, plus sewer and repair work on Maple and Butler streets.

This year’s biggest project, resurfacing downtown Water Street, will take place after tourist season ends this fall.

Council April 28 awarded Schipper’s Excavating an $805,042.80 bid for construction of all 2014 projects less pavement joint repair on Blue Star Highway, contingent on Schipper’s agreeing to the deletion

Steven VandenBrink, principal for the city engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, said his firm solicited bids from eight contractors, but only heard back from Schipper’s.

Others, he said, indicated they were unable to meet the project completion schedule with their current workload. The non-bidders “also indicated there was quite a bit of subcontracted work, such as milling ad pavement joint repair,” he said.

“Even though there was only one bid, it was a fair bid mostly in line with our estimates,” said VandenBrink.

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