An Evans construction company put in the winning bid last week to finish a drainage project from which the original contractor was fired.
Columbia County commissioners awarded a nearly $327,000 bid Tuesday to Blair Construction Inc. to finish the stormwater project on Sandalwood Drive in the Springlakes neighborhood.
The project to finish widening the culverts and parts of Reed Creek that feed the subdivision’s 20-acre lake should conclude in 60 days, said county Water Utility Director Bill Clayton.
Initially, Jeffery Harris Trucking Co. won the project after putting forth the lowest bid of $814,000. However, Clayton issued the company a notice of termination just days before a November deadline approached.
About half the work had been done, Clayton said at the time.
Clayton initially asked commissioners to not award the project to Harris, saying the company received bad recommendations. But the commission was unwilling to subvert the bidding process.
Officials received more bad news in February concerning the project when they tried to collect money paid to Harris from Pennsylvania-based First Sealord Surety.
The bonding company filed bankruptcy that month and was taken over by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department for liquidation. Clayton said it might be October before officials learn if the county will receive some, if any, compensation on the project.