The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners this week approved a guaranteed maximum price for the final portion of a major road construction project in western Sarpy County.
Under the agreement approved at Tuesday’s board meeting, Sarpy County will pay Hawkins Construction Company no more than $17.5 million for grading, paving and other work in the following areas:
- Giles Road – 185th Street to 192nd Street
- 192nd Street – Lincoln Road to Giles Road
- Cornhusker Road – 188th Street to 194th Street
- 192nd Street overpass, Papio Creek widening and a box culvert on Cornhusker Road
These projects are part of the CONNECTSarpy – West Sarpy road program, a $65-million county investment to improve arterial streets in a nine-square-mile area between 168th and 204th Streets, from Harrison Street to Highway 370. The Board previously approved guaranteed maximum prices for three other packages in the program.
“This final approval kickstarts the remaining work on the CONNECTSarpy – West Sarpy program, which is bringing a modern, well-planned road network to the entire area,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren, who represents the area. “We’re tackling these much-needed projects in a timely and cost-effective manner, and we’re excited to provide a better network of roads for Sarpy residents and businesses.”
The Board in 2020 selected Hawkins to serve as the project’s construction manager/general contractor. Sarpy County was the first entity in the state to use the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process for road construction. This progressive approach provides better coordination for the project’s multiple phases, including utility relocation and expansion. It also streamlines construction operations, saving both time and money.
“The real benefit to using the Construction Manager/General Contractor model on this project is we have Hawkins to help coordinate all the moving parts, which in turn helps us get the entire project completed sooner,” said Sarpy County Engineer Dennis Wilson. “This is a massive project – 9 square miles – and it involves dozens of partners, so having Hawkins on board cuts down on construction time by 25 to 50 percent.”
While some phases of this project already finished and open to traffic, the project’s full completion is expected in late 2023. Find more additional information at CONNECTSarpy.com.