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Bridge and road improvements OK’d at Eisenhower Middle School


The Rockford School Board tonight approved major upgrades to Eisenhower Middle School that will improve traffic flow around the school. The work includes constructing a new bridge to complete a loop for school buses, reconstructing existing parking lots and roadways, and sidewalk improvements. The original bid included four alternates; the administration recommended two: Site lighting improvements – the installation of new light poles with LED fixtures and removal of the existing poles and foundations – and additional stream bank stabilization.

Four vendors submitted bids to do the work. Fischer Excavating Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder, and the board agreed to hire the firm for $1,483,643.25. Sjostrom & Sons, Inc., Stenstrom Excavation and Blacktop Group, and Martin & Company Excavating also submitted bids.

Funding for the project is captured in the 2013-14 budget for $1,270,200. The additional $213,443.25 will come from the capital plan contingency fund. Work is expected to begin next week and should be completed in August.

Also approved tonight: The board agreed to hire Richard L. Johnson Associates Inc. for $428,000 as architect for window replacement projects at Flinn, Kennedy, Lincoln and West middle schools, and at Washington Gifted Academy; also locker room remodeling projects at Auburn, East and Guilford high schools, and Flinn, Kennedy, Marshall and West middle schools.