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Tippecanoe County commissioners accept bids for fairgrounds construction

Tippecanoe County Commissioners heard the first bids for construction at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 6:21 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2018 6:26 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Tippecanoe County Commissioners heard the first bids for construction at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Shepler Construction Company Inc. bid $235,900 and Tri Tech Construction Inc. bid $375,000. Both bids were accepted and under the county's estimated cost.

Commissioner, Dave Byers, said the construction will be broken up into two phases, starting with water and sewer upgrades.

"The horse barn itself will get redone this year but the big phase will be when we move the coliseum and we redo the North and South barns which will become East and West barns and redo the entire arena area. That will be the big, big phase which will be phase two," said Byers.

More bids are expected to come in until the commissioners vote which company will do the work at their next meeting on Monday June 18.

So far, Byers is happy with the bids.

"Competition always helps keep the bid process down. We hope that will continue through the rest of this project. It's going to be a very large project and it's going to be one that, I think, a winning contractor can really put their hat on and smile when it's said and done," said Byers.

Phase one of the project is expected to begin Sept 1 of the this year. The second and final phase will begin late next year.

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