Vehicles at the intersection of Poplar and First streets in Casper. (Rhonda Schulte, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Casper is adding $131,582 to a contract with Civil Engineering Professionals for redesign and rebidding for a utility replacements project at 1st and Poplar.

The revised amount increases the contract with CEPI to $326,582.

City councilors approved the action by consent agenda vote on Tuesday, June 6, along with a number of other contracts and changes, including those affecting projects at Ford Wyoming Center, Nicolaysen Art Museum and Wolf Creek Road Phase 1 Improvements West 38th–40th streets.

The Poplar and First Street project is in conjunction with Wyoming Department of Transportation’s planned reconstruction at the intersection along with work on the Poplar Street Bridge. It was delayed when the only bid received at a January 2022 bid letting was for $36 million, which was $14 million over WYDOT’s estimated $22 million. The bid also exceeded by $2 million the City of Casper’s $2 million estimate for water and sewer improvements.

A second bid letting was scheduled for May, according to a city staff memo. Details were not included in the council packet.

See the amended CEPI contract here:

In other action regarding city projects and contracts on June 6, the council authorized:

  • An agreement with Crown Construction, Mills, for replacement of the south walkway at the Ford Wyoming Center for $484,165, plus a $24,000 contingency. Engineers estimated the project total at a lower $462,731. Crown Construction was the only company to bid the project, which includes removing and replacing concrete slab-on-grade and topping slab at the south walkway and east roof of FWC at the concourse level. Substantial completion is set for Sept. 1. The city will use building maintenance funds to pay for the half-million-dollar project.
  • Contracting with the Casper-based Treto Construction for $695,200 for the Wolf Creek Road Improvements Project – Phase 1 funded with fifth-penny optional sales tax allocated to FY23 miscellaneous street improvements and the memo of understanding with Natrona County’s fund. Phase 1 consists of full-depth roadway reconstruction with concrete curb gutters, sidewalk, approaches and roadway lighting along Wolf Creek from West 38th-40th. The action also authorized a $70,700 contingency account for a total $765,900 project cost. Treto’s was the lowest of five bids received from local companies, with bids ranging from $746,800 to $996,400. The engineer’s estimate was $788,100. The agreement sets substantial completion by Oct. 15.
  • Amending the proposed scope of services and project deadline in a 2019 contract with the Nicolaysen Art Museum, which was granted $400,000 in optional one-cent sales tax special projects funds. In a staff memo, City Clerk Fleur Tremel said the Nicolaysen Art Museum contract, dated July 2, 2019, was for $400,000 for window replacement, renovation, lighting, railings, flooring, stair tread replacements and a kitchen renovation. After consideration, the Nicolaysen has found the kitchen upgrades are not needed, according to the memo. Instead, the museum believes funds would be better applied to providing security to the facility. The original contract terminates June 30. City staff suggest the council extend the contract by one year to a June 30, 2024, deadline. The financial impact of the change and deadline extension is already factored into the fiscal year 2024 proposed budget.
  • A contract with Crown Construction, Mills, to perform solid waste surfacing improvements for $268,230, with an additional $27,270 contingency. The project includes replacing 700 square yards of pavement with new asphalt, 830 square feet of concrete curb and 1,300 square feet of valley gutter plus storm sewer pipe, fencing improvements and sign relocation. City staff budgeted $325,203 and the city engineering division estimated $271,100 for construction with another $54,103 for contingency and engineering. A second company, 71 Construction, bid $337,847.
  • A $216,680 agreement with 71 Construction for the Police Department Impound Lot Improvements Project and a $10,000 contingency. Crown Construction, Casper, bid $220,000.