A lone bid of $848,947 for a rail project was accepted Thursday by the Levelland Economic Development Corporation.
The bid from Trac-Work Inc. was considerably higher than expected, said Erik Rejino, interim director of the LEDC.
An Opinion of Probable Costs from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper had originally estimated the work at $721,550.
Rejino said feedback from contractors indicates that they are very busy this summer and behind schedule because of the weather.
‘We are paying a little bit of a premium,’ he said. ‘I donít think we have a choice.’
The project in the rail park calls for the installation of about 1,700 feet of track for the Penny Newman Co., which is building a cottonseed transloading facility there.
Trac-Works was the only bidder for the project, as well as for the Pipeline Plastics rail project which it built last year.
The Pipeline Plastics rail project came in ahead of schedule.
‘Last year at this time we paid a premium, too, on supplies,’ he said. ‘We know they work quickly. We’ve had a good experience with them.’