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Second access road to JRMC estimated at $3.4 million

The preliminary engineer's estimate for the road between the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center is $3.4 million, according to Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering.

An estimate of $1 million had been reported during discussions of the project prior to engineering work.

Interstate Engineering has been negotiating with property owners along the planned road and will develop the plans and oversee construction of the project.

Project costs include $2.3 million for road construction, $275,000 for watermain improvements and $721,000 for sanitary sewer improvements.

The water and sewer components of the project provide infrastructure for future development in the area. The project costs also include street lights for the entire road.

The cost includes engineering work as well as legal and administrative costs.

Jeff Fuchs, city administrator, said the City Council had approved in principal paying for a portion of the road from the city's sales tax proceeds and financing the rest of the project to be paid for with deferred special assessments on the property along the road. The deferred special assessments would not become due until the property is developed from its current agricultural use.

Aldinger said the project could be before the City Council for approval in March with bid opening in April. Construction is planned for this summer with completion in the fall.