March 1, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–When a nine-block stretch of 10th Avenue North in Watertown gets rebuilt this summer, the new road surface will be concrete rather than asphalt.

When the city advertised for bids on the project, they were looking for bids made up of both types of road surfaces in order to get a price comparison.

The Public Works, Safety and Finance Committee met Monday and awarded the low bidder on concrete to Timmons Construction of Brookings for just a shade over two million dollars.

City Engineer Heath Von Eye told the committee you pay more “up front” for a concrete surface, but the maintenance costs over time are less expensive than asphalt…

The low asphalt bidder was Duininck Incorporated of Watertown for $1.75 million.

Councilman Glen Vilhauer cast the only no vote for concrete, saying he can’t justify spending the extra money for it…

He was the only no vote. It passed 8-to-1.

Tenth Avenue North will be rebuilt from Highway 81 to near Prairie Lakes Hospital. There will be one driving lane in each direction along with a center turn lane.

Von Eye says Tenth Avenue North is Watertown’s sixth-busiest street, seeing about 5,000 vehicles a day on average.