Courthouse stairs to be repaired by Nov. 1, 2020, at the latest

Thursday, March 12, 2020
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The front stairs of the Stillwater County Courthouse will once again be useable anytime by Nov. 1, 2020, at the very latest.

Stillwater County Commissioners recently approved a contract with Yellowstone Basin Construction to repair and replace the stairs for approximately $365,000. Yellowstone Basin Construction will have 100 days to complete the work, and the work must be completed by Nov. 1, 2020.


The crumbling front stairs have been blocked off to all use since 2018. The county at that time decided to completely rebuild the stairs and was given an estimate of $186,000 by an architect. That estimate later grew to more than $240,000. In early 2019, the project went to bid and came in at $626,800 and $575,000 respectively. Those numbers were more than $350,000 higher than what had been anticipated. At that point, commissioners decided they needed to look at other possible options. Commissioner Mark Crago said this week that some bidding time tables were changed and the project was rebid, so the county is now going forward.