Newman will pay less than 25 percent of an estimate for sewer plant improvements because of competition from contractors who are desperate for work, saving the city nearly $2 million.
A city engineer figured the value at $2.56 million about 18 months ago, near a peak for such projects, said Public Works Director Garner Reynolds.
Fourteen recent proposals ranged from Raminha Construction's winning bid of $595,000 to $1.3 million, with several near the lower end.
City Council members this week approved the contract unanimously.
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