By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
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.
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.