Work on two replacement bridges in Starke County will begin as soon as possible. The county commissioners Monday accepted bids from LaPorte Construction Company for the bridge on County Road 800 East over Eagle Creek and the bridge on County Road 900 South over Bogus Run. They submitted the lowest of the two bids for both projects. Their bid for the 800 East bridge was $302,099.42, which was more than $21,000 less than LaPorte-based JCI Bridge Group. The same two contractors bid on the 900 South bridge, too. LaPorte Construction Company’s bid for that project was nearly $15,000 less than JCI’s bid. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners the prices are better than the last set of bids they got – and ultimately rejected – for those bridges. He said they’re still not as competitive as he would like but said that’s a trend statewide right now. Ritzler added there are parts of both projects that the highway department can do internally to save additional money. Both projects should be done sometime in November.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.