The Pulaski County Commissioners on Monday approved a bid for underwater inspections to be performed on Bridge 268 to determine the condition of the structure in the waterway. The commissioners previously opened the bids in August, allowing time for the bids to be reviewed by the highway superintendent.
American Contracting Service offered a bid of $302,515.20, while LaPorte Construction submitted a bid for $181,102.35. Jack Isom Construction sent in a bid for $169,999.99, JCI Bridge Group submitted one for $176,527.32, and Yates Construction entered their bid for $312.903.27. Rieth-Riley Construction entered a bid of $299,988.
The commissioners ultimately awarded the bid to JCI Bridge Group out of LaPorte, authorizing the company to inspect the bridge and shoreline to ensure there is no runoff or loose dirt that could develop problems. Commissioner Tracey Shorter explained the company will make notes of any significant or minor problems and give the board a full report to allow the highway department to plan accordingly.
Highway Superintendent Mark Fox said it’s imperative that the work is done this fall.