Fuel price hike impacts Canadian County roadwork

Shorter contract offered to trucking companies that haul rock

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Jack Stewart

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Rising fuel prices have directly impacted roadwork in Canadian County.

Because of high diesel costs, Canadian County Commissioners are seeking a new vendor to haul truckloads of rock to their road projects.

Instead of having rock hauling on the six-month bid list, a three-month contract will be awarded this time around.

County commissioners opened bids from five companies at their June 20 meeting but agreed to postpone awarding a contract so they could review each proposal.

“I’d like to see the range in the breakdown,” District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart said.

That’s because the five vendors each submitted a bid showing a range of “per ton mile” prices.

  • Bomhak Trucking of El Reno: .25 to .3125
  • Dollar Trucking of Hennessey: .27 to .38
  • Zummallen Rock & Grain of Okarche: .22 to .30
  • Farmer’s Supply and Transportation of Cheyenne: .225 to .24
  • Brown Trucking of Ardmore: .25 to .26

The bidders included prices from 11 locations using end dump trailers and belly dump trailers – Richard Spur, Greenfield, Granite, Watonga, Cyril, Hydro, Mill Creek, Yukon, Cooperton, Davis, and Carnegie.

Canadian County Commissioners are expected to award the three-month rock hauling bid at its next meeting June 27. The contract would be effective July 1 through Sept. 30.

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‘LOSING MONEY’

“Truckers would not haul to us when the gas prices went up,” Commissioner Stewart explained. “They wouldn’t honor their bid because they said they were losing money with the price of gas jumping up like it has.”

To deal with price fluctuations, Canadian County officials had considered adding a fuel surcharge to the rock hauling bid specifications.

“But it got real complicated – who was going to check it and what were we going to check it against?” Stewart said.

The alternate plan is to have a shorter-term contract for rock hauling to county road project sites.

“It would give (the contractor) less liability on their part if we made a bid for just three months instead of six months,” Stewart added. “The way fuel prices are jumping around right now, to make the truckers feel more confident that they’re not going to lose money, we went to a three-month bid.”

With the prices submitted by the five bidders, he predicts their trucks “will be hauling now.” The cost of hauling rock to Canadian County had typically been double the price of the material.

“It’s going to cost us a lot of money because the price is up,” Stewart noted. “If we bought rock at $8 a ton, we were paying around $16 a ton to get it hauled.

“Now, it’s probably going to be closer to $20 a ton.”

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