By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a $1.33 million contract to resurface and widen all of Broughton Road as well as a repair on Pierce Dairy Road. The BOC unanimously voted to approve the project. Commissioners also approved a new roof for $286,440.
Broughton Road is five miles long, running from Highway 83 to the county line. The road will be resurfaced and widened by two feet.
According to county officials, the first bid for the project back in July was quoted at $1.8 million. After rebidding the project in August, the lowest bid came back from Pittman Construction at $1,334,788.
“They were the lowest bidder. They were very responsive and meet all of our criteria,” said Mark Williams, assistance county manager.
According to Williams, the bulk of the project will be funded through the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds in the amount of $550,000. The county must match 30 percent of LMIG contributions. The county plans to utilize Transportation Special Project Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) funds toward the project. According to Finance Director Lori Sayer, TSPLOST generated $310,000 for the county in July.
County officials expect roadwork to begin this fall.
“We expect that it will be completed before the end of October,” said Williams.
The new roof will be built by Skyline Construction.