CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County officials have hit a snag in their efforts to rehabilitate the two bridges on New Bridge Road.
County Manager Michael Melton said Tuesday that six contractors attended the pre-bid meeting but none submitted a bid. The reason: The county wanted to leave one lane open while the work was being done. Contractors wanted to close both lanes.
“Closing one lane at a time, they didn’t feel they could do a good job of traffic control,” Melton said. Contractors accept all the liability on these jobs and working on a narrow road like New Bridge where one lane remains open can be hazardous.
The county had hoped to leave one lane open to accommodate at least one family that owns farmland on both sides of the creek and travels back and forth daily to feed its livestock. Commissioner Edwin Nix said the family will have to drive nine or 10 miles around each day if both lanes are closed.
Nix said he would work with the family to see if something can be worked out to satisfy both parties.
Melton said it is likely that the project will have to be rebid.
Funding would come from 2017 and 2018 local maintenance improvement grants (LMIG) that total $795,548 and a 30 percent county match.
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