Delay rains on storm drain project

Catie Clark

The actual work of replacing the storm drain along Parkway and Jensen Grove Drives in Blackfoot may be delayed until next year.
"We only had one bid at the end of the first week of June," said Richard Mangum, public works directory for the city. "Last week, we had three. We're looking at awarding the contract soon but it's already well advanced into the construction season." Mangum manages the bidding process for all the city's construction projects.
Rex Moffat concurred with Mangum's assessment. Moffat is the superintendent of the sewer department, which includes the storm water drains. His department has the direct oversight of the storm water drain project.
"It's late enough into the summer that it might not be possible to complete all of the project this year even if it started right away," Moffat said. "Regardless, rewarding the project now would allow the contractor to buy the materials now at 2018 prices, which would save money."
"We're considering a change to the work as it was originally proposed," Mangum explained. "The contractor would buy the pipe and other materials this year and save them for installing the new drain next year. It should be also be possible for the contractor to build the new pump station this year."
Read the entire story in the June 18 edition of the Morning News.