IVANHOE - The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners awarded the Limestone 1 Road Retention project to the low bidder, a local firm based in Taunton, at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
Thompson Excavating submitted the low bid of $135,348. Bids were opened at the commission's July 3 meeting.
The project will raise part of the road surface of 340th St., replace two stream crossings, and create a flood pool designed to collect water during heavy rains and release slowly to prevent the roads from washing out.
Limestone 1 is a joint project between Lincoln and Lyon counties, the Yellow Medicine River Watershed District, Limestone and Alta Vista Townships, in Lincoln County, and Eidsvold Township in Lyon County.
In other business, the board voted approval of an $8,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace a culvert overpass near Ivanhoe.
On the request of two landowners and the recommendation of Environmental Administrator Robert Olson, the board approved the expenditure of an estimated $7,500 to clean a section of County Ditch 10 near Arco. Olson said after measuring silt deposition in the ditch cleaning of only a 5,000 foot section was warranted, amounting to about $1.50 per foot.
The board also voted to accept participation in the Lac qui Parle loan agreement, which is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Authority to provide loans to upgrade septic systems in the Lac qui Parle watershed.