South Bend two-way street bids get green light

South Bend, Ind. A second round of bids got the green light Tuesday for a project to bring two-way traffic to some one-way streets in Downtown South Bend.

The initial bids revealed last month came in way over budget.

Engineer estimates put the price tag around $700,000. Two of the three bidders on the total project came in just above and just below that estimate. The third contractor bid on just one portion of the project.

South Bend’s Board of Public works is holding off until to award the contract until next week. In the meantime, planners will meet with the design engineers and community investment to determine the best fit.

Corbitt Kerr, South Bend’s City Engineer, explained that the bids were structured differently this time around.

“We decided to divide the bid up into two components,” Kerr said. “One for the two-way streets aspect -- the signalization and the striping -- and the other part more for the decorative features -- the tree grates and things of that nature.”

By dividing it this way, the Dept. of Public Works has the option of picking two separate contractors to fulfill different aspects of the job.

As for the original Mid-October deadline, Kerr said the bid roadblocks will not postpone the project.

“We adjusted some of the tasks that we were looking at so we can definitely make our deadlines this fall,” he said. “There shouldn't be any trouble.”

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