Bids for Monticello gateway project exceed projections

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MONTICELLO – Village officials are considering their next move now that bids for the Jefferson Street Gateway project in Monticello came in $189,000 above projections.
The federal government had earmarked $485,000 for the work to be funneled through the state. That could have gone up to $522,000, but Village Manager David Sager said the low bid was still higher.
He doesn’t support any discussion of scaling back the project.
“It is a major thoroughfare for the Village of Monticello; it makes a statement in terms of the renewal going on in the Village of Monticello,” Sager said. “I’ve reached out to some of our elected leaders in the state and federal level and we will see what other kinds of funding opportunities might be and we are also looking at what we can possibly do as a village to absorb some of those costs as well.”
Monticello is a stone’s throw from the Montreign Casino-resort, which is under construction, and local officials want to put their best foot forward to capitalize on the economic effects of the multi-million project.
The Jefferson Street Gateway would include new sidewalks, curbing, paving and other amenities in that area.