Three bidders submitted proposals to extend the Simon Kenton Bicycle Path from north of Urbana to Bellefontaine and LeVan’s Excavating Co. came out as the apparent low bidder.
The local firm submitted a bid of $593,460.75, well below the estimated $640,000 to extend the path 16.1 miles.
Bellefontaine City Engineer Tim Notestine said an administrative team will review the bid package to determine if it meets the requirements.
The city is serving as the fiscal and contracting entity for the $800,000 project.
Funding for the project is coming from a $500,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Rails-to-Trails grants and $300,000 in donations.
To date, the city has committed money toward rebuilding two bridge decks and that work will begin next week by J&J Schlagel Construction out of Urbana.
Once done, LeVan’s can begin its work.
Mr. Notestine noted railroad flagmen must be paid as part of the project. Between the bridge work and the trail work, it will be nearly $70,000 to cover their wages.
Administrative and design costs also will be covered in the project.
It is expected LeVan’s will be done laying the crushed and packed limestone path by the end October, Mr. Notestine said.
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