MOUNT VERNON — The Coshocton Avenue widening project will cost more than expected, but it should still get under way as scheduled in late May or early June.
Service-Safety Director Dave Glass, who told city council Monday about bids for the project being higher than expected, said the Ohio Department of Transportation is reviewing the bids and will give the city an itemized list of the additional costs. The administration will take those changes to council for approval.
Glass said the low bid for the project came in at $2,843,194.15, which is 16.05 percent over the state’s estimate for the project. The low bid was submitted by Park Enterprise Construction Co. of Marion.
“If this was a city project, we would have to re-bid it,” Glass said, explaining that, for the city, it is a requirement anytime a bid comes in more than 10 percent above the estimate. The state operates under different rules.