Low Bids Let UDOT Add 9 Projects to List

Mon June 29, 2009 - West Edition

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah has added nine projects to its list of those getting federal stimulus dollars due to unexpectedly low bids from road builders.

The Utah Transportation Commission on May 19 shifted $13.3 million toward new projects.

Utah already has obligated 82 percent, or $171 million, of the economic stimulus dollars that Congress gave it for state road construction.

A lot of that money is dedicated to repaving and bridge repair projects, and most of the work should be complete by year’s end.

Jim McMinimee, project development director for the Utah Department of Transportation, said the last 30 bids averaged 28 percent cheaper than the state’s expectations.