Commission awards significant bids

Published 6:26 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A road paving project and two bridge replacements are among several bids awarded this week by the Chilton County Commission.

A bid of $514,324.60 went to Chilton Contractors for the basing and paving of County Road 547, pending review by the county engineer.

The growing number of residents who depend on the road, which connects with the developing Alaga Landing subdivision, has waited over a decade for this project to come to fruition.

“With the development going on down there by the lake and with the increasing traffic, I think it will be something good for the county,” Chilton County engineer Tony Wearren said.

Funding for 547 is being split two ways: the dirt work is coming out of the 5-cent gasoline fund, while the paving is being done as part of a $6 million bond issue.

In other business, Alabama Bridge was tapped for two bridge replacements on County Roads 199 and 120, for a bid of $683,270. Funding for this project is also coming out of bond money.

A guardrail replacement project that involves County Roads 50, 55, 42 and 13 was awarded to Alabama Guardrail for a bid of $95,287. Some of the guardrails on these highways are rusted or damaged from neglect, or have outdated end anchors, which consist of the last 50 feet of a guardrail.

The commission awarded Thompson Tractor a $28,100 bid to repair the undercarriage of a bulldozer. The company also offered to paint the machine at no extra cost to the county.