Bridge replacements moving forward

Supervisors hear conservation, sheriff’s department updates

Two bridge replacement projects are moving forward south of Fort Dodge.

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved two bids for the bridges at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Both bridges will be completed by Peterson Contractors Inc., of Reinbeck, although the projects were not tied.

“Due to the type of structures they were it was recommended we not tie them,” said Webster County Engineer Randy Will. “One is a beam bridge with a sidewalk, and one is a slab bridge.”

Peterson was the lowest of three bidders for the bridge on 210th Street west of Paragon Avenue, at $830,629.

The highest bid was about $974,000.

Peterson was also the lowest of five bidders for Paragon Avenue south of 210th Street, at $533,349. The high bid was about $615,000 for that project.

The 210th Street bridge had been let in February, but low bids were more than $1 million, so the project was re-let, Will said.

“I was led to believe at the February letting that the bridge contractors were getting filled up. So when we re-let this in May we gave them more working days and a longer completion period,” he said. “And that equaled a lower bid, I guess.”

Work on one of the bridges will begin this fall, but construction may be completed in 2018. Will said he wasn’t sure if both bridges will have to be closed at once.

“We’re prepared to do detour signing individually or combined, and we’ve worked with the city of Fort Dodge on the detour route,” he said.

Peterson is a very reliable contractor, Will said.

The project was let by the Iowa Department of Transportation on Webster County’s behalf, since it will use farm-to-market funds.

The supervisors also approved a contract with John Kastendieck of Fort Dodge to replace two doors at the Webster County Courthouse for about $2,275.

One other bid was received for $2,500.

This will replace doors from the attic to the roof which are in bad shape, and is part of the ongoing work on courthouse security, Supervisor Merrill Leffler said.

The supervisors approved a road closure of about six miles of roads south of Lehigh from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13 for the annual Dayton Enduro event.

Competitive riding will all be done on private property, and use of the roads is only needed to get the riders from one site to the next.

The final reading of a flood plain management update was approved as well. This was discussed at previous meetings, and was necessary to meet new FEMA requirements.

Reservations at the Bob Huen Shelter House and the camping cabin at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, and the amphitheater and shelter at Veterans Memorial Park, can now be made online at

Sheriff Jim Stubbs reported that his department will be holding tests for a new deputy on July 19.

Stubbs is also in the process of setting up a prescription drug drop-off point at his office.