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$394,939 rail spur bid approved by LEDC

A bid for $394,939 in a rail spur project was accepted Thursday by the Levelland Economics Development Corporation.

The bid from Trac-Work Inc. of Ennis was opened Tuesday and was the only one submitted.

The base bid was $386,183 but Parkhill Smith & Cooper recommended several improvements that pushed the cost to nearly $395,000, said Shawn Kirkpatrick, LEDC executive director.

Those include steel rails that have a carrying capacity of 136,000 pounds instead of 115,000 pounds. The work also includes an insulated rail joint that is grounded.

Although the LEDC has not used Trac-Work before, the company has a good reputation, Kirkpatrick said.

Work at the site should begin Aug. 1 and it will take 4-6 weeks before all parts are delivered.

The project at Levelland Industrial Rail Park should be finished by the end of September.

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