BOONE, Iowa—Seven contractors submitted bids for the next phase of the paving project at the Central Iowa Expo site east of Boone. The site does serve as the home for the Farm Progress Show every other year and one of the improvements sought by Farm Progress organizers was paving of the streets. A combined project was set up nearly a year ago involving Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Boone County and the Central Iowa Expo Board. The paving is actually being done as research and development. Iowa State University has been testing sub-base structure and the impact it has on roads and paving projects. There is also some work being done on bio-asphalt, concrete depths and so on. The research and development dollars are coming from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The apparent low bidder for the work is Manatts, Incorporated with a bid of just under $1.830 million. The highest of the seven bids was submitted by Concrete Technologies, Incorporated at just over $2 million.
Supervisor Chet Hollingshead questions whether is was wise to spend that much money on the financially troubled site. Hollingshead has raised concerns about the viability of the Central Iowa Expo site and the Central Iowa Expo’s Board of being able to meet financial obligations. Hollingshead did vote against awarding the contract while Supervisors Tom Foster and Steve Duffy did vote to move ahead with the paving.
This was the second of three projects the Supervisors are receiving bids on this winter. Next week, the Board will receive the bids for the paving of “E” Avenue west of Ogden for the Ag Reliant Seed Corn Plant that ‘s under construction.