City councilors awarded utility bids to Key Maintenance, Inc. in order for ODOT to continue with the relocation of State Highway 20 through town.
“This project is relocation of utilities for the new State Highway 20 project that ODOT is getting ready to start,” City Engineer Garrett Ball said.
On the south end of Fredrick Road – close to King Road – Key Maintenance, Inc. will have 120 days to relocate the water and electric lines.
“Fortunately for us, the same contractor was the low bidder on both projects and all this work is in the same corridor,” Ball said. “We’re pretty happy with that.”
The project costs $689,900 total – $380,975 for the electric and $308,925 for the Water.
Ball said the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will be reimbursing part of the costs for project. The out of pocket cost to the city totals $162,520 – $154,300 for the electric and $8,220 for the water.
City Manager John Feary said in a previous Progress article that the reason the reimbursement amounts are different is because they will be relocating the electric lines underground.
“We’re willing to pay more to get it underground whereas they would pay the majority of it if we just relocated it above ground,” Feary said, according to a Progress article. “It will be better for our future, reliability as well as our customers if it’s underground.”
The costs from the projects will be paid with funds from the 2019 Revenue Note.
Ball said they have not used Key Maintenance, Inc in the past, but he checked their references.
“I also reached out to another municipality that I know they’re doing another project for currently,” he said. “They didn’t have anything but good to say about them.”