|Board to award contract for culvert repair on Oatman Road|
By JIM SECKLER|
Mohave Daily News
KINGMAN - Mohave County supervisors will look to award a contract Tuesday to a Utah firm to repair parts of the Oatman highway.
The board will look to award an $188,864 contract to JNJ Engineering Construction Inc. of Hildale to repair six culverts along Historic Route 66 just northeast of Oatman. If approved by the county supervisors, the construction project is expected to begin in later this month and take about two months to complete.
The Utah firm was the lowest bidder among nine firms, including three firms from Bullhead City, one from Fort Mojave and one from Laughlin.
The culverts allowing rain from washed to flow under the road were built in the 1920s or 1930s. The culverts were constructed without bottoms, allowing erosion over time. The new reinforced culverts, many about six-feet long, will be box shape.
The project will start just outside of Oatman and proceed about a mile and a half northeast toward Gold Road. Oatman Road is a narrow winding road with limited sight at places. Guided traffic control with pilot cars also is included in the project.
Flooding in 2005 caused parts of Oatman Road to wash away with one sinkhole large enough for a car to fit in.
The supervisors also will look to increase the contract previously awarded to Breinholt Contracting of Phoenix to demolish of the former 86-year-old sheriff's office in Kingman. The increase is for $100,460 because of additional asbestos found during the demolition project. Breinholt Contracting recently completed demolishing the former sheriff's office.
The one-time Mohave General Hospital was built in July 1922 and was two-thirds condemned even when it housed the sheriff's office, which moved into the building in the mid-1980s. The sheriff's office moved into a newer building about six years ago.
Originally published Sunday, February 15, 2009
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