WILLMAR -- Reconstruction of Trott Avenue Southwest from 10th Street to 16th Street in Willmar will start Wednesday, according to Mel Odens, city public works director.
Work will begin in a two-block stretch from 10th Street to 12th Street and will continue in two-block increments. The city anticipates reconstruction will be completed -- weather permitting -- by Nov. 13.
Five contractors submitted bids for the project, estimated by the city at $1.1 million. Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg was awarded the contract for submitting the low bid of $933,522, about $180,000 below estimate. Odens attributed the contract price to today's competitive bidding climate.
The project will involve reconstruction of Trott, underground utilities, and curb and gutter repair. Odens said Trott will be rebuilt within the current width and he anticipates trees will not be removed unless they are affecting the curb.
Odens said Trott Avenue is one of the city's busiest roads outside of First Street. Trott was originally built in 1942. The portion of Trott from 10th Street to 16th Street was overlaid in 1979. The portion of Trott from First Street to 10th Street Southwest was rebuilt in 1999.
The project includes construction of a new forcemain serving the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant on Benson Avenue. The forcemain work is part of the $86 million wastewater treatment facilities project.
The city delayed reconstructing the remainder of Trott until after work began on the new wastewater treatment plant.
"We had to get one thing moving or the other because the streets were just getting old, getting tired,'' said Odens. He said the city "didn't want to damage a new street.''
The forcemain corridor was proposed in the 1996 wastewater treatment plant facilities plan.
The plan had envisioned a new treatment plant would be built west of the city.