The city purchased it quick, had it delivered quick and has quickly put it to work hauling dirt.
“Clarksdale has a lot of projects about to get underway and this truck will help us move a lot of dirt on those project,” said Mayor Chuck Espy, as the keys were handed to the city by Truckworx salesman Jay Callaway. “We are ready to move a lot of dirt on the Sasse Street project, the Pearson Street levee project and moving dirt onto lots where we have removed abandoned houses. Let’s get to work.”
Truckworx was not the low bid for the 500-horsepower Kenworth dump truck with a 20-yard bed, but the city did say it was the best bid and will pay $159,000 for the truck. Truckworx was actually the highest bid with four other bids rejected, the lowest being $139,852.
Commissioners said a quick delivery time along with Truckworx history of doing business with the city were reasons for their choice.
The city purchased two 2020 T370 Kenworths knuckleboom trucks from Truckworx in December.
Espy said the new dump truck, like the knuckleboom trucks will now work all over the city at the direction of the City Public Works Director.
Ward 4 Commissioner Ed Seals said the truck will immediately be put to work improving the city’s appearance by moving fill dirt onto lots that have had houses removed and the more visible infrastructure and street projects around town.
“I’m happy this truck made it to Clarksdale,” said Seals. “It will help with problems we have had around here for the last 25 years.”
Espy called the vehicle “the monster truck.”
Callaway said the vehicle is equipped with a heavy duty bed that can also haul rip-rap. He said the truck has state of the art transmission and drive train features that will give it years of service to the community.
Truckworx’s first sale of a vehicle to a Mississippi municipality was Clarkdale in 1998.