The first phase of Project Armor is closer to getting started although at a higher cost than expected. The Sikeston City Council approved a bid for $3,181,898.50 to G&C Contracting of Perryville for the development and construction of a new street, new water lines, new sanitary sewer lines, new stormwater sewer lines and the development of a stormwater basin for the entire park. This bid is 8.2 percent over the budgeted cost, which was $2,989,000. The work is to accommodate the new Carlisle Construction Materials plant and is being funded in part by the Federal Economic Development Administration and the Delta Regional Authority, which amounts to 87 percent of the total cost. Officials said the majority of the overage is in water and sewer lines and recommended awarding the bid now as prices continue to increase on materials. Officials said they were fortunate the project was just 8.2 percent over budget with the increasing cost of materials that are being seen across the country. In order to offset costs, the third phase of Project Armor, the outer road project, could be delayed a year.