- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The city of Minot is weighing its options after bids on a major downtown infrastructure project came in more than 25 percent above the expected cost.

The Minot Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1AzffQT ) the city had estimated a $23.3 million project, but the lowest bid was $29.7 million. The city and its engineering team will be reviewing bids before bringing a recommendation to the City Council in January.

City Engineer Lance Meyer says that if the recommendation is to accept the low bid, the city will have to find a way to make up the shortfall.

The project will replace 26 blocks of water mains, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewer lines, streets, sidewalks, street lights and other city infrastructure. A large part of the downtown underground infrastructure is 80-100 years old.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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