By Pat Maurer
Bids have been awarded in a more than $350,000 road reconstruction project in Freeman planned this month.
According to Ron Bushong, Manager at the Clare County Road Commission, the Freeman Township funded project was awarded to Fisher Transportation of Mt. Pleasant, the firm that handled roadwork for the township last year.
Some questions were raised about the award, since it was considerably higher than other received for the approximately six miles of roads in the township.
“The award, for $351,900.00 was the highest of three received,” Bushong said, “but it was based on qualifications and similar experience of this size and type of project.” Bids were opened July 6 and awarded at a Clare County Road Commission meeting July 15.
Bushong said he wasn’t surprised that some questions came up based on the bids. He said the project is one hundred percent funded by Freeman Township and that their board was part of the selection process and had to approve the bid award. “They had a substantial say in the choice,” Bushong said, “and felt Fisher was the most experienced and qualified.” He added that the township was “very happy” with the company’s previous work in the township.
The other bids were from Arden Shell Trucking of Gladwin for $328,240.00 and Shunk’s Rock Farm of Clare for $320,000.
The project will include preparation grading, four inches of limestone and grading and compacting on 2 ½ miles of Monroe Road from Twin Lakes to Grass Lake; one mile on Grass Lake from Monroe north to Gladwin Road; 1 ½ miles of Twin Lakes from M-115 north to Monroe and on Shadowbrook in Lake of the Pines from Ashard to Hemlock Avenue.
The project is scheduled to begin in two weeks and should be completed by September 30, Bushong said.