The court met briefly earlier Tuesday to open the bids publicly. Four were submitted from various agencies and the lowest was submitted by Jim Smith Contracting, of Eddyville.
The project includes an approximate 1-mile stretch of road from U.S. 68 to a point on Rocky Ridge Road. Also on the tab is the inclusion of a turning lane in the median of U.S. 68.
Jim Smith Contracting submitted a bid of $363, 354.09 for the road. The second-lowest bid was submitted by Crown Contracting which Moore said was about 10-percent higher. A bid of $455 thousand was listed as the highest bid.
“The engineer has looked over it and it meets all of qualifications of the bid that we asked them to bid on and no one had anything in their packet that would cause a difference in the bid,” Moore said.
One problems did arise after reading the bids which is expected to be fixed, according to Moore. The state allocated $265 thousand for the construction of the road, which would leave approximately $100 thousand that needs to be covered. Moore said the issue would be handled by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that there is between the county and the state.
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