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Commission questions bridge bid process

A Newton company will be in charge of improvement to two crucial Barton County bridges, despite the interest shown by a local firm that set aside other business earlier to perform emergency repairs.
Barton County Commissioners, meeting Tuesday because of the holiday schedule, approved the low bid of $228,268.25 from Bridges, Inc., of Newton, for the replacement of pins and hangars on the Radium Road bridge and the Ellinwood bridge.
County Engineer Clark Rusco reported the project isn’t coming any too soon. The annual inspection, performed the day after the bids were opened on Dec. 14, showed ...

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