Pulaski County Commissioners Award Paving, Truck Bids

Pulaski County has picked a paving contractor for several miles of potential road projects. The county commissioners Monday agreed to hire Town & Country Paving for hot mix asphalt work on County Road 550 South west of State Road 39 and County Road 600 South from State Road 119 to Base Road. Town & Country submitted the lowest of three bids, at just under $1.18 million.

Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff noted that the company did work for the county last year. “They’re the ones that done the 200 South out here and the road out here – 400 East, I guess it is – by Lawton,” he said. “And they done us good work the last summer, so if they’re the lowest, why not?”

However, the work will only take place if the county gets a Community Crossings grant to cover 75 percent of the cost. Ruff said he’s getting ready to apply for that grant now.

The commissioners also agreed to let the Highway Department buy a Mack truck from M&K Truck Centers for just under $128,000. “We’d like to go with the Mack truck,” Ruff said. “We’ve got Mack trucks. We’ve got the software for the Mack trucks. We’ve got the filters and everything. It just makes it a lot easier if we got the same kind of truck, I think.”

Wiers had offered the county an International truck for about $7,000 less.