City accepting bids for Polk Street project

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By Kristin Beck

The city of Carrollton is currently advertising bids for the Polk Street project.

An advertisement ran in last week’s News-Democrat, and another will appear this week, Mayor Dwight Louden said. There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting on March 31 at 10 a.m. for all those bidding on the project.

The deadline to submit a bid is April 8 at 2 p.m. Council will officially accept the lowest bid at their weekly council meeting on April 12, Louden said.

Bill Berry, the city’s contractual engineer from Centerfield Engineering Inc. in Crestwood will review the bid and to ensure that it meets the requirements, Louden said. Berry developed the plans and building specs for the project.

Louden said construction will begin soon after the bid is accepted.

“We hope to have it complete in 120 days, and we hope to have the piece on school property done before school starts,” he said.

The Polk Street project will extend Polk Street along the old railroad bed and connect with Schuerman Street on Hwy 227. Sidewalks will be built to connect Carroll County High School with Fifth Street and the entrance would be moved to the south side of the sign to align with the road extension.

Louden said once the project is complete, the bus route will be changed to use the new road.