TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
The low bid for the Hwy. 1232 Sanitary Sewer Extension project in Knox County was approved Wednesday during a special meeting of the Corbin Utilities Commission.
Of the four bidders, Akins Excavating Company of Corbin was the winner. Their total bid price was $937,945, about $137,000 lower than the second-place bid of K. Carrender Construction of Somerset of more than $1 million.
Flo-Line Contracting of Monticello was third with a total bid price of $1.2 million, while Todd Johnson Contracting of Danville was fourth at $1.6 million.
CUC General Manager Ron Herd said work on the project would probably start in about two months, and should be finished within six months.
In addition to their lowest bid, the board approved Akins Excavating after Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers of Middlesboro sent a letter of recommendation to the CUC.
“Akins has done some work for us, and they’re pre-qualified. We had two other pre-qualified bidders for the project, and the more pre-qualified bidders you have, you get better pricing,” said CUC Board Chairman Terry Martin.
Bids for the project were received Thursday, July 18, at the CUC office on the Cumberland Falls Highway, and were publicly opened and read aloud. Herd said Wednesday’s special meeting was held to award the project, to prevent any further delay in getting it started.
During the board’s June regular meeting, the cost of the project was estimated at $1.2 million, using state and federal grants.