GOSHEN — Paving crews will be out and about this summer repairing 21 miles of roads throughout Elkhart County.
The county’s highway department is reviewing bids from four contractors that submitted estimates for the roadwork with totals as low as $2.5 million and as high as $2.9 million. The bids were separated into five groups to allow the county to easily evaluate the offers.
Niblock Excavating Inc. in Bristol submitted the lowest bid at $430,623 for Group 1; $562,582 for Group 2; $359,284 for Group 3; $583,595 for Group 4; and $571,410 for Group 5, for a total of $2.5 million.
Walsh and Kelly Inc., which has offices in South Bend and Griffith, included a bid of $453,936 for Group 1; $644,971 for Group 2; $346,604 for Group 3; $588,789 for Group 4; and $627,762 for Group 5, for a total of $2.6 million.
Phend and Brown Inc., based in Milford, proposed of a bid of $452,521 for Group 1; $654,624 for Group 2; $359,671 for Group 3; $623,823 for Group 4; and $770,673 for Group 5, for a total of $2.8 million.
The highest bid came from Rieth Riley in Goshen with an offer of $422,899 for Group 1; $841,223 for Group 2; $328,299 for Group 3; $575,859 for Group 4; and $815,802 for Group 5, for a total of $2.9 million.
Highway department manager Jeff Taylor said he expects to have a recommendation for the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners within the next two weeks.