Bids for Grand Forks rehabilitation projects discussed by City Council

Three bids were received for the rehabilitation work of the DeMers Avenue overpass and Washington Street pedestrian underpass with the low bidder being PCI Roads LLC

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GRAND FORKS – City Council members discussed bids received for rehabilitation work on the DeMers Avenue overpass going over the BNSF railroad tracks and on the Washington Street pedestrian underpass near 24th Avenue South during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

The project received three bids, with the low bidder being PCI Roads LLC, in the amount of $1,959,676 — 27% above the engineer's estimate of $1,543,472. The other bids for the project were from Industrial Builders Inc. at $2,536,971.64 and from Swingen Construction Co. at $2,790,628.

Proposed work for the project will include repairs to the concrete and structural components of the overpass and pedestrian underpass. While the North Dakota Department of Transportation originally had the rehabilitation project for the overpass scheduled for 2023, inspections accelerated the project to this year while also including the rehabilitation work on the Washington Street pedestrian underpass.

Construction is expected to take place during the 2022 construction season and be completed by the end of the year, with minor work set to be completed in the spring of next year.

The city’s share of the total project cost is estimated at $243,000. The funding for the local share will come from the street/infrastructure fund, with $200,000 being budgeted in 2022 for the project. With the current budget not fully covering the anticipated city share costs, a budget amendment will be required for the project.


While bids were received last week at the North Dakota Department of Transportation in Bismarck, DOT still needs to analyze various data from the low bidder before awarding the project to PCI Roads LLC. It’s expected the DOT will analyze the data before next Monday’s council meeting.

The project, which will replace UND’s existing Memorial Stadium, will consist of a five-story building that will house UND's Athletic Department, coaches offices, film rooms, meeting rooms and 99 residential market rent apartments.

In other council news Monday:

  • Council members heard plans and specifications for the West Elementary School redevelopment project. After West Elementary School was permanently closed in March last year, the property was bought by Oxford Two, LLC, for $150,000 and the school was torn down in December. The developer plans to build 11 single-family houses on the site; part of the construction of those houses will entail sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer improvements. The developer has proposed the infrastructure is installed using private funds.
  • The council heard the plans and specifications for expanding City Hall parking lot C. With current development on North Fourth Street for the Franklin on Fourth project and re-development at the Herald building, the city is anticipating the loss of 30 parking spaces utilized by city employees. The expansion of lot C would add 28 parking spaces to the lot. Assistant City Engineer Edward Liberman said an additional 20 diagonal parking spaces were proposed to be added along North Fourth Street, but the addition of those spaces has been put on pause to see if they’re needed. The estimated construction cost of the project is $240,000. The project will initially be funded from the street/infrastructure fund. One concern council member Bret Weber has about the expansion of the lot is that current parking downtown is being “underutilized."
Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

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