The Manchester City Council unanimously approved a $3,708,772 contract with Pirc Tobin, Inc., for the work on the 2020 Highway 13 Improvement Project.

In what will prove to be a very large and traffic-disrupting project, the aim is to do the resurfacing work in stages to keep closures and detours from happening all at once. Weather permitting, work could begin as soon as mid-April.

The Highway 13/2020 Street Improvement project will run from 13th Street near Walmart, along Highway 13 east to Franklin Street, where it will then go north on Franklin Street up to the Honey Creek Bridge. Work on the water main will occur along River Street from West Main Street, north through Butler Street. City staff said they have a detailed plan, plat and schedule available at City Hall for review.

The bid letting for the 2020 Highway 13 Improvement Project occurred Jan. 22 and the three bids the DOT received all came in over the engineer’s estimate of $3,599,929 — Pirc-Tobin Construction had the low bid of $3,708,772, followed by Midwest Concrete, Inc. with $3,983,266 and Tschiggfrie Excavating Company’s $4,283,594.

City Manager Tim Vick said the city will cover approximately a third of the total cost, with the remainder being covered by grants.

“The big item that came in over the estimate was the traffic control signals,” Vick said. “But it will be nice to have all of them communicating the same.”

Fehr Graham’s Ryan Wicks said now that the contract is approved, engineers can begin detailed discussions with the contractor.

“Until the contract is signed, we can’t really have any formal discussions with them, but once it’s approved, we’ll schedule a discussion about closures, traffic control and staging,” Wicks said. “They’ve been good to work with.”

Pirc Tobin is currently doing the work on the Good Neighbor Home addition and has done road projects in town in 2017 and 2018.