Bids announced for Minot's flood protection project

MINOT, N.D. - The engineering firm behind the major flood protection plan for Minot announced the construction bids for the first phase of the project Wednesday morning.

Houston Engineering opened the sealed bid packages at a public meeting in Minot.

Wagner Construction, based out of International Falls, MN, came in with the apparent lowest total bid for the project at $46,052,520.13.

Ten different firms entered bids for the project. The second-lowest bid came in roughly $6,000 higher than Wagner’s.

Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson said he was happy with how the bids came in, as early estimates called for a budget of $60 million.

“I have confidence in them. They were the prime contractor on the water treatment plant, or hazard mitigation project there. That was an over $25 million project. They did good work there, so I have confidence they’ll do good work on this phase also,” said Jonasson, on if Wagner wins the project bid.

The results of the bidding process are not official yet, as Houston Engineering is combing through the numbers, and the Army Corps of Engineers still has to approve the permitting process.

Work on a pump station in Minot, along with beginning development of the flood wall would likely begin next year.

This is a developing story, and we will have updates as they are available.