Project 421, or the 421 Gateway Project proposed by the Indiana Department of Transportation has recently had two bids denied for being too high.
During the Bid Letting for the December 12th, 2018, both Beaty Construction out of Boggstown and Milestone Contractors out of Columbus made an attempt to get the job of providing a smoother transition from and to the Milton-Madison bridge to Indiana State Road 56, or Madison’s Main Street, and both were rejected.
According to INDOT’s official bid tabulations document from their website, Beaty entered the amount of $9,085,760.79 and Milestone with even higher $10,393,253.52.
According to Media Relations Director for INDOT Harry Maginity, it would probably about a month before the next bids come in.
He mentioned that the Hoosier State’s governmental agency can choose to accept a lower bid if it is within 5% of the ‘Engineer’s Estimate.’
What exactly that estimate is, is not shared with the public as it would allow contractors to bid exactly that much and that has been deemed unfair.
Below is a video we produced last February as the finalized plans for the new approach, which would go through some properties, such as the current Fillin’ Station Liquors, were presented to the public at the Brown Gym in Madison:
Below is a video produced after the announced bridge plans were known, from January 2017:
And below here is a video from August 2016 when there were other options on hand: