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September 24, 2013

Milford firm gets contract for C.R. 17 project

GOSHEN — A firm has now been selected to construct the next phase of C.R. 17 between C.R. 38 and C.R. 40.

During a meeting of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners Monday, the board officially awarded the construction contract to Phend & Brown Inc. of Milford.

Phend & Brown had initially submitted the low bid for the project during the board’s Sept. 16 meeting with a bid of $1,516,108.

Also submitting bids for the project were: Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Inc. of Goshen with a bid of $1,772,747; Niblock Excavating Inc. of Bristol with a bid of $1,524,983; C & E Excavating Inc. of Elkhart with a bid of $1,903,139; and Walsh & Kelly Inc. of Goshen with a bid of $1,668,002.

According to County Highway Manager Jeff Taylor, the extension will involve what is known as a “super two” design, which will essentially be a two-lane section with wide, 8-foot paved shoulders and 150 feet of right-of-way.

The project has an expected completion date of August 2014.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• Approved the Drug Free Community fund allocations for 2014;

• Approved an agreement between the County Highway Department and Abonmarche for on-call engineering services;

• Approved an out-of-state travel request for two employees of the County Sheriff’s Department to attend Hostage Rescue Barricade training in October;

• Approved an out-of-state travel request for a Buildings & Grounds employee to go to Oklahoma City, Okla., in October for cooling tower maintenance school.

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