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County awards $2.4 million in contracts for paving

Two companies have been tasked with paving Elkhart County's roads this summer.
Posted on July 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 15, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.

GOSHEN — Two companies will have crews paving Elkhart County’s roads this summer.

The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners awarded a pair of contracts Monday, July 15, to Rieth-Riley Construction Company Inc. in Goshen and Niblock Excavating Inc. in Bristol to pave five sections of roads.

The county’s highway department reviewed bids received earlier this month from four contractors that ranged from $2.5 million to $2.9 million. The bids were divided into five groups, allowing the commissioners to choose the best bids for each section of the county.

“When we put these out for bid, we really didn’t think we were going to have the money,” county highway manager Jeff Taylor told the commissioners. “We thought we were going to have to have a conversation with you about what we’re going to pull off the program. Fortunately, the bids came in, and bidding it the way we did helped and brought the numbers down to where they are slightly over our budget, but if we have to get a little money in the end, we’ll just make it all happen.”

The commissioners awarded Rieth-Riley a roughly $1.3 million contract to pave three sections of roads in the county, and Niblock will be responsible for paving two sections for $1.1 million.

The contractors will begin working Tuesday, July 16, and paving is expected to wrap up by Nov. 1, according to the contracts.

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