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Commissioners to consider bids for big projects

Posted: February 14, 2016 - 1:00am  |  Updated: February 17, 2016 - 11:32am

 

Columbia County officials are expected to approve bids for several large county projects at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

Commissioners will vote on a $3.25 million bid from C.D. Clifton Construction Inc. to build the new library branch in Harlem. Construction is slated to begin in the next few months.

County Deputy Administrator Matt Schlachter recommended at a Tuesday Development and Engineering Services Committee meeting that officials approve a $528,167 bid to Kimley-Horn and Associates for engineering services for improvements to Lewiston Road.

The bid is only for the engineering services for the project, approved through the Transportation Investment Act of 2012, to improve the road from Interstate 20 to Columbia Road.

The bid is just the first step in planning the project.

“We want to start with task order 1 so we know exactly what we have to do to get the environmental phase and all that fun stuff,” Schlachter said.

He expects the right-of-way acquisition to begin next year and construction to start in mid-2018.

Schlachter also recommended commissioners approve a $1.6 million contract from Gresham, Smith and Partners for a design to improve Stevens Creek Road.

The plan is to widen it from Evans to Locks Road to Riverwatch Parkway to three lanes with a center turn lane and add bike lanes, sidewalks, a multi-use path and a roundabout at the intersection with Evans to Locks Road.

Schlachter said $1.5 million of the design funds are coming from the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The remaining $100,000 will likely come from the MPO, one-cent sales tax money or TIA discretionary funds. The $1.6 million does not include construction funds, which Schlachter said will be secured later.

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