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Rebidding work is a wise move in the long run

The city is doing the right thing by reopening bids for part of its required utility relocation work for the U.S. 287 bypass project.
Too many mitigating factors played into a result that left the city holding only two bid proposals for the majority of the work it must do, and those two bids were more than the project engineer overseeing the work recommends the city pay.

We had a monumental snow storm roll through here just before Valentine’s Day, when the city was set to receive and open bids for the work. It meant that some contractors who wanted to throw their names in the hat didn’t get the opportunity to do so. Instead, the city is left with the option to start again on soliciting contractors, and that’s just the smart thing to do in this case.

Especially if we end up with costs that are less than expected, if not more in line with the engineer’s estimates, making the best use of our funds is key. Rebidding allows that.

On the other hand, the one project for which the city received a favorable bid seems to be high enough on the priority list to preclude rebidding.

We have to trust the city’s judgment on this one — dealing with TxDOT to get utility relocation done so work can begin has been somewhat of a trial, but one that should be full of rewards for the area.

Being a bottleneck on a roadway intended to ease traffic congestion in the Ennis area, our bypass needs the work. The area in question for immediate work is a high-traffic intersection at Lampasas Street, which will require a good amount of utility work to clear the way for earth-moving equipment. Getting that work under way soon is important.

We want to see the bypass expansion through. That doesn’t mean we need to rush into contracts that will cost us — Ennis taxpayers’ — more than experts recommend we should pay. Looking for more bids in this scenario is good business.

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