MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners awarded the low bidder for a project aimed at keeping the Kokosing River from washing away the county’s well field.
Commissioners awarded the Howard well field Kokosing River bank stabilization project Thursday for $179,031 to Haynes Construction. Haynes’s bid was the lowest by far of five bids, which ranged from the low bid up to $276,370.42.
The project was estimated at $259,000.
County Administrator Jason Booth said the engineers working on the project “went through all bids” and Haynes “has done (this) kind of work, there’s no issues with being under estimate.”
The county received a $150,000 grant from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District for the project. The rest will be paid by the county.
The project will stop the Kokosing’s shifting riverbed from moving into the county’s well field. Jeff Pickrell, county water/wastewater superintendent, said the Kokosing has moved about 150 feet toward the well field in 60 years.
The riverbank will be stabilized with limestone. The bank above will be firmed up with tree plantings, with the roots expected to hold off soil erosion.