Reconstruction of Vilas County "B" Moving Forward

May 17, 2018

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Reconstruction of 25 miles of Vilas county "B"  between Land O' Lakes and Presque Isle, estimated to cost $5 million, could be eligible for a 80% federal highway grant according to Vilas County highway commissioner Nick Scholtes (SHOAL-tees) report to the county highway committee.

Vilas County had been looking at bonding for the project and doing the highway all at once rather than a couple of miles a year. Sholtes indicated the grant application is due by mid June and he doesn't have time to put a request-for-proposals together, asking the committee to approve hiring an outside firm to draft it.

The highway committee authorized spending up to $10,000 for drafting the request-for-proposals. Scholtes indicated if the grant application is denied, the request-for-proposals could be the base document for requesting competitive bids, and thereby knowing what the level of bonding could be.