Transportation board to approve 260, 89A projects

Bids come in below estimates

Two long-awaited Verde Valley road projects will go before State Transportation board for their approval Friday in Lake Havasu City.

The first is the widening project on State Route 260 from Western Drive to Thousand Trails.

The second is the widening of State Route 89A from Black Hills Drive to Cement Plant Road.

Both projects have been years in the planning, and both came in under what ADOT estimated they would cost.

The SR 260 contract will be awarded to Ames Construction of Phoenix. Their bid of $14,236,190 was 18 percent under the engineer's estimate.

The 89A widening contract will be awarded to S.J. Louis Construction of Phoenix. Their bid of $10,114,376 was 7 percent below estimates.

"We have been doing a lot better on our bids lately," ADOT spokesman Bill Pederson said. "I don't know if contractors are staved for work or what, but these things do go in cycles. We're very pleased."

Board approval is considered a formality at his point in the process and in light of the lower-than-budgeted bids.

Pederson said construction projects of this size typically begin within six weeks after the board gives its approval.

"We should see both of them starting in January," he said.

Because the SR 260 widening involves construction of a separate two-lane roadway, traffic on the existing road will be minimally impacted.

The same cannot be said of the construction on 89A, which includes widening to four lanes and the construction of five roundabouts.

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