Extending water and sanitary sewer mains to the area was a goal of the project.
The Ames City Council awarded a $6.1 million base bid to Keller Excavating at a council meeting to extend utilities to the Prairie View Industrial super park in Iowa.
According to The Ames Tribune, the industrial park will be located just east of Interstate 35 and north of the U.S. Highway 30. The park will have proximity to the interstate, railway access and a large capacity for gas and electricity as well.
Prairie View was certified as a super park in 2019, reported The Ames Tribune. A super park is a site that is 500 or more acres in size among other criteria.
Extending water and sanitary sewer mains to the area was a goal of the project, which was aided by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to The Ames Tribune. The council voted to move forward with the extension of water and sanitary sewer mains to 580th Street, as grants and other federal funds were made available.
The council only approved the base bid as supply chain delays, material shortages and workforce issues caused by COVID-19, reported The Ames Tribune. The estimate to extend to 580th is $5.2 million. The extension from 580th Street to 590th Street has an engineer's estimate of $1.2 million.
In total, the project is estimated to cost $6.4 million, according to The Ames Tribune.
The city has $5.8 million available for the project and to cover the rest of the bid, the city council voted to use $900,000 of the $14 million made available through the American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
The funds are meant to cover any losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remaining funds can be used for water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, according to city documents, reported The Ames Tribune. The American Rescue Plan Act funds will cover $3 million in lost revenues and free up $11 million for water and sewer infrastructure.