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County to extend W55 culvert

Purchase of tandem truck for $112,000 approved
By Xiomara Levsen | Aug 05, 2014

The Washington County Supervisors approved a contract for a road construction project and approved a purchase of a tandem truck for the secondary roads department at their meeting Tuesday morning.
Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius asked the supervisors to approve the contract with the low bidder for the culvert extension project on W55.
There were two bidders on the project, Thorius said. DeLong Construction Inc. came in with the low bid in the amount of  $119,877.35 for the culvert extension project. The second bid was from Iowa Bridge and Culvert for $128,391.56.
“Our estimate last fall was $100,000,” Thorius said, “but because of the timing of everything we had to go through to use the federal funds and the timeframe they put on it, the contractors had plenty of work [to do], so it will cost us a little bit more to do the work; but it’s not going to cost us, it’s going to cost the taxpayers as a whole across the United States because that’s federal dollars.”
The money for the culvert extension project comes from the emergency repair funds the federal government has set aside for the road and highway system, Thorius said.
Washington County Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. asked Thorius where the project was located on the road. Thorius said the project is about a mile and a half south of Washington, right where the road begins to curve.
Seward also asked Thorius if the road would need to be torn up for the culvert extension.
”It’s going to close the road, but we’re not going to tear it up,” Thorius said. “We’re just going to close the road so the contractors can do the work.”
“So do you have a start date?” Washington County Supervisor Richard Young asked.
Thorius said no. He wouldn’t be able to speak with representatives from DeLong Construction until the contract is signed. There is a late start of Sept. 29, but the company could start the project earlier.
A motion was made to approve the contract with DeLong Construction. The motion was approved unanimously.
The supervisors also approved the purchase of a tandem truck for the Washington County Secondary Roads Department in the amount of $112,000. The money for this purchase was already set-aside in the budget, Seward said.
The supervisors also discussed the jail/law enforcement wages at the meeting Tuesday morning. For more information about this subject please see tomorrow’s edition of The Journal.

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