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Supervisors approve culvert purchase

The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of three truck loads of aluminized 72-inch culverts for use by the secondary roads department Monday at its regular meeting.

Union County Engineer Zach Gunsolley brought quotes from two different suppliers before the board.

Contech out of Ankeny quoted three truck loads of culverts at $19,164.60. Metal Culverts Inc. out of Missouri quoted three truckloads at $15,538.80.

“This is a really good savings to go with Metal Culverts,” said Gunsolley. “They make a good product.”

The board voted unanimously to purchase the culverts from Metal Culverts Inc.

The swift purchase of new 72-inch culverts could allow for projects to be completed yet this year, weather permitting.

A culvert is needed at a project on REA road west of the intersection of REA and Osage. Other culverts purchased will be stored in the county yard to be stocked up for other projects in the new year.

Gunsolley assured the board that after the purchase of the new culverts the county will still have a “healthy” culvert budget for the fiscal year, which is about half over.

The culverts are made of steel and dipped in aluminum which is then baked onto the steel at the manufacturer. The steel provides enough support and strength while the aluminum coating lasts longer and is able to resist rust better than plain steel.

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