QUINCY -- The Illinois Department of Transportation will require new bids for the next section of the Bill Klingner Trail.
Quincy Park District officials hoped some adjustments would be allowed for the project between 18th and 24th streets to avoid rebidding, but they were informed Wednesday that the changes would require new bids.
However, officials believe the project should be let in November, meaning construction should still be able to start next spring.
"If we have all the changes back to IDOT by the end of the day Friday, they are reassuring us that this will be a Nov. 9 bid letting," said Rome Frericks, executive director of the Quincy Park District. "Even though this is a little road block, documentation can be signed over winter, and then we're not really losing any construction time."
County Contractors had submitted a low bid of $2.4 million for the project, with three other bids from contractors ranging from $2.489 million to $2.819 million.
Construction estimates on the project were set at $2.029 million.
Frericks met with engineers at Klingner and Associates to discuss cost-cutting adjustments for the trail.
"We're going to adjust some quantities (of materials) for the trail and make a few other modifications to the approach under the 24th Street bridge, which is one of the most costly parts of the trail," Frericks said. "We feel like we can get the costs back to or under the original estimates from the engineers."
This spring, a portion of the trail had to be redesigned going under the bridge that was replaced last year to make sure there was an 8-foot clearance.
A spur that would run to the Schneidman Industrial Park will also be cut to help reduce costs.
The project is being partially funded by a $791,990 grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program as well as $350,000 committed by Friends of the Trails.
The remainder would be funded through a proposed $2.265 million bond to be paid back over five years. The bond would also fund the portion of the trail that would run through Parker Heights Park, as well as $197,000 in additional construction and engineering work for the Fifth to 12th streets portion of the trail that opened last year.