Turnpike Authority Rejects Contract Bids

Friday, June 22nd 2007, 6:45 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority rejects two low bids from an embattled road construction firm. OTA Chairman Doug Riebel says repair work on the Indian Nation and Muskogee turnpikes will be delayed for about a year because cold weather will arrive before work could start.

Riebel said Wednesday new bids for the projects will be sought next spring.

Two authority members voted to accept the low bid of Glover Construction Company and two members voted no. Board member Mike Leonard abstained.

Glover Construction's bid of $3.2 million to do shoulder work on the Indian Nation Turnpike was the lower of two bids submitted. The company bid $2.63 million to repave a 20-mile section of the Muskogee Turnpike.

The company's owner, George Paul Glover, pleaded no contest to a charge of conspiring to defraud the state regarding the material his company used on state Transportation projects.

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