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Big road project bids 31 percent over budget

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Evanston aldermen tonight will have to decide what to do after the low bid for the city's biggest road construction project of the year came in nearly 31 percent over the amount budgeted for the job.

The reconstruction of the Emerson Street, Green Bay Road and Ridge Avenue intersection was budgeted at nearly $8.54 million, but the lowest of four bids received for the work, from A. Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc., carries a price of just over $11.17 million.

The city has received over $3.8 million in state grants for the work, and had planned to get the other $4.7 million from its own capital improvement, water, sewer and parking funds.

During the City Council's meeting at 7 p.m. this evening city staff is scheduled to review the scope of work on the project, possible additional funding sources and other options to eliminate the shortfall.

Options identified in a memo to the aldemen include seeking additional support from the state, reallocating funds from other construction projects that haven't yet gone out for bids or using additional money from bond sales.

The project is designed to reconfigure the roadway for improved traffic handling, and includes new traffic signals and street lights and water main and sewer line replacement.

It will include reconfiguring Green Bay into a three lane road with left turn lanes at cross streets and wider sidewalks as well as improving lighting under the Union Pacific viaduct.

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