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Low bid questioned

Sometimes, good will is worth the price

The Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to award Bridges Inc., a Newton-based company, the contract to make much-needed repairs to the Arkansas River bridge south of Ellinwood. Replaced will be the expansion joints which allow the bridge deck to expand and contract with the changes in temperature. The joints rusted and are stuck in the expanded position.
So, the work needs to be done.
However, there is a little more to the story. Also bidding for the project was L&M Contractors of Great Bend. Bridges Inc. bid $132,450 and L&M bid $133,965, a difference of ...


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