The public hearing for the proposed Mississippi Drive Corridor Project took place at the April 6 meeting of the Muscatine City Council. There were no material changes to the bid; however, stronger language to contractors regarding an unbalanced bid has been added to the project bid documents. The initial bid resulted in several unbalanced bids and no award was given. The estimated cost of the project is $9.9 million. City Engineer Jim Edgmond said, “Unbalanced bids can turn out to cost the city more than the contract price, because change orders and other things can arise, and it can be quite costly.”

Bids were opened at 3 p.m. on April 7, 2017. City staff will review the submitted bids from contractors and make a recommendation to the City Council, which will decide which project contracts to approve.