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County opens eight bids for first phase of Mohave Wash flood control project

Mohave County has received eight bids for the first phase of the Mohave Wash flood control project, and all but one of the bids are less than the engineer's estimate of $3.6 million.

Assistant Public Works Director Nick Hont opened the bids from contractors Thursday afternoon and read the amounts as contractors listened in a conference room of the public works building.

The bids ranged from nearly $2.8 million from Combs Construction Co.

of Glendale to more than $3.8 million from Technology Construction of Bullhead City.

The county will select the contractor based on the lowest qualified bid and not necessarily pick the lowest bidder, county officials said.

Hont told the contractors that the county supervisors are scheduled to select the contractor when they meet Feb.

18.

County officials then will seek documentation of insurance and bonding during a 10-day period and then issue a notice to proceed, Hont said.

They expect work to begin around March 1 and will give the contractor 240 days to complete the project, Engineering Manager Ray Stadler said.

Stadler said the first phase of the three-phase project involves the construction of box culverts at Northern Avenue and Bank Street as well as channel engineering at those locations.

The entire project will extend from Northern to Willow Street and is expected to be completed by early 2005, Stadler said.

County officials proposed the project because of repeated flooding along the wash.

The county bought the homes of more than 40 property owners along Adams, Irving, Pinal and Roosevelt streets, and will resort to condemnation if other property owners refuse to sell, county officials have said.

However, the county will not have to condemn land along the first phase because the project crosses state trust lands, Hont said.

County officials have estimated an overall price tag of $7.1 million and plan to use proceeds from a countywide flood control tax - 50 cents per $100 in assessed valuation - to pay for the project.

Referring to bids under the engineer's estimates, Stadler said, "It looks like we are going to have extra money."

Contractors who attended the bid opening declined to comment to the Miner.

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