Phase one of Minot's flood protection to be re-bid, second, third-phase bids opened

MINOT, N.D. – The Souris River Joint Board has elected to re-bid the main portion of Minot’s flood protection plan, after the board realized it did not have a clear lowest bid.

Houston Engineering had opened the bids last month for the first phase. At the time, one construction firm came in with the lowest general bid, while another firm submitted the lowest overall bid. The board later ruled there was no mechanical bid to factor in to the total cost.

The bids had come in roughly $13 million lower than developers had estimated.

The first phase of the project is the largest and most expensive part of the plan, which includes construction of a giant floodwall along 4th Avenue NW, along with levees and a pump station.

The project will be re-bid Wed., Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Minot City Hall.

A spokesperson for the project said it will not delay construction, as work is still slated to begin next Spring.

The board opened bids Wednesday for phases two and three. Wagner Contracting came in with the lowest combined bid at $35.7 million, more than $6 million shy of estimates.

The board will likely recommend Wagner for the second and third phases, which includes work on Napa Valley, the Perkett Ditch, Forest Road, and the Souris Valley Golf Course.

With bids coming in considerably lower than estimates, developers say they can redirect funds to other parts of the project.

You can learn more about the project on its website: https://www.mouseriverplan.com/