WILLMAR -- Bids were approved Tuesday for a major road construction project by Eagle Lake, northeast of Willmar.
All five of the bids were above the construction estimate of $2,505,336.
Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg submitted the lowest bid of $2,538,932.
The highest bid was $2,956,200 from R & G Construction Company of Marshall.
Given the potentially costly issues with filling in low-lying peat areas, Public Works Director Gary Danielson said he was surprised the bids were not higher.
"Frankly, I'm quite pleased they were that close to our estimate," Danielson said.
The project includes moving a section of Kandiyohi County Road 9 away from the populated lakeshore area on the east side of Eagle Lake.
This new 3.1-mile leg of the road will be built on a route that will go through farm fields and wetlands area.
Two long sections of the new road that runs along 37th Street include wetlands with peat that's at least 30 feet deep.
Contractors will have to haul in loads of dirt to not only fill in the wetland but to add extra weight on top in order to squeeze out the extra water and make a stable roadbed, Danielson said.
That part of the project, which could take several months to complete, has to be done before the end of the year to allow enough time for the soil to settle, Danielson said.
The project also includes resurfacing a two-mile section of the existing County Road 9 that goes past lakeshore homes. Once that part of the road has been upgraded, it will be turned over to Green Lake Township which will be responsible for future maintenance.
The project is months behind schedule because of delays with permitting and transferring ownership of the wetlands between different government entities.
Danielson said he does not know how fast Duininck Inc. would be able to mobilize crews to the site, but said the project will not be completed until next year.
With costs of acquiring land and engineering, the total cost of the project is expected to be $4.1 million.