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  • Bids to widen Highway 5 again over budget

  • Officials with the Village of Sunrise Beach and the Missouri Department of Transportation are considering their options after bids to widen a mile of Highway 5 through town came in high for a second time.
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  • Officials with the Village of Sunrise Beach and the Missouri Department of Transportation are considering their options after bids to widen a mile of Highway 5 through town came in high for a second time.
    On May 23 and in the previous bid opening a couple of months ago, APAC was the low bidder on the project to add a 12-foot center turn lane and create two 12-foot driving lanes from Lake Road 5-36 to Jet Ski Rd. The roadway now consists of two 11-foot lanes.
    While the overall amount dropped by approximately $234,000 the second time around, APAC's recent bid of $1,596,378 is still approximately $460,000 over the total budget of $1,136,000 on the cost share project agreed to between the village and MoDOT.
    In the current 50-50 split agreement, that means Sunrise Beach and MoDOT would each have to come up with about $230,000 more to fund the project.
    It is not certain at this time whether that bid is too far above the final engineer's estimate from the state, but it appears likely that the bids will be rejected again as too high.
    According to Sunrise Beach planner Roger Corbin, the village also does not have the funds at this time to come up with its extra $230,000.
    He is hopeful, however, that the city and MoDOT can come up with a way to move the project forward, such as possibly including it in a contract by MoDOT with other projects in the lake area. With the combination of projects in the same vicinity, the economy of scale could potentially lower the cost for the long-planned Highway 5 widening.
    Corbin is pushing hard to keep the Sunrise Beach infrastructure improvement alive. This segment of roadway was left out of a large repaving of Highway 5 through the Westside of the lake area last summer because the turn lane project was planned for this year.
    In a combination contract with MoDOT last year, Magruder Paving laid new asphalt from Versailles to the Greenview area of Camden County on the existing Highway 5 roadway as well as adding shoulders in certain areas. Magruder did not, however, bid on the Highway 5 widening this year.
    Corbin says the turn lane is also needed in this area for safety purposes at Hurricane Deck Elementary.
    The Camdenton R-III school is currently undergoing a massive expansion and renovation. Plans include moving the main entrance to the school from Highway 5 to Legion Drive.
    The turn lane would improve traffic flow and safety for buses and other drivers going in and out of Legion Drive, said Corbin.
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