By Cameron Rasmusson
Sandpoint City Council members voted Wednesday to put the first phase of the downtown streets redesign on hold.
City staff recommended the action after bids for the project came in well above project designer Century West Engineering’s cost projections. The revitalization work, which includes new amenities, aesthetic improvements and safety and maintenance infrastructure, came in about 25 percent higher than expected, while sewer main replacement work was 80 percent over projections. According to Century West, extensive road and street repair work and weather-related complications accounted for the higher-than-usual costs. The company recommended that the city aim to rebid the project in early 2018.