By Seth Kinker,

The city of Dexter voted unanimously to award the 2019 bid for the pedestrian safety project at its July 8 city council meeting.

This project includes adding sidewalk on the north side of Forest street and work related to the installation of four rapid flashing beacons at crossing sections.

Bids were due by 10 a.m. July 8 the day of the city council meeting, something that City Manager Courtney Nichols had discussed with staff at prior meetings.


The bids were issued on June 20, with time sensitivity with this project because the goal is to have it done before school begins next fall.

Two of the three contractors bidding for the project attended a non-mandatory pre-bid meeting on July 7 with the lowest bid at $234,000 coming from Doan Companies a local and familiar company the city has worked with on past projects.

Nichols told council she wanted to get them started on the Forest street sidewalk as soon as possible with that being the more time-consuming aspect of the project.

Council also unanimously approved the consideration of a scope of services from OHM Advisors, a community advancement firm, for construction services for the Central Street Project.

The amount, not to exceed $154,900, covers contract administration, layout, inspection, construction engineering, creation of record drawings, and material testings (done by a separate material testing company).

Nichols said these projects take a little bit more work because of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) regulations.

A representative from OHM was on hand to acknowledge OHM would cover the cost of the repair on Central Street by the Mill and added that the plan is to have them begin work the next week with the bulk of it being finished by Labor Day.

Per an update from the city of Dexter’s email update service: The Central Street project will start the week of July 15th. The contractor will start mobilizing equipment/finishing survey work on Monday. Central Street will be closed to thru traffic from just west of Fifth Street to Third Street once construction begins. The Third Street intersection will remain open. Stormwater work in the right of way will also be completed on Fifth Street between Central and Broad and on Fourth Street between Central and Dover.