$600,000 low bid approved on Riverview Road project

John Thompson • Sep 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM

ELIZABETHTON — It shouldn’t be much longer before work begins on major repairs to the flood-damaged Riverview Road, which links Valley Forge to East Side in Carter County.

After opening bids on the project Monday morning, Highway Superintendent Roger Colbaugh rushed the results of the bids to the Carter County Commission, which met that evening. The Commission unanimously approved the bid.

Colbaugh said only one contractor bid on the project. Summers-Taylor submitted a bid of $603,811.25.

Colbaugh said funds will initially come from the Highway Department’s fund balance, but 87.5% of the money will be reimbursed to the Highway Department. Colbaugh said those reimbursements will come from two agencies.

He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide a reimbursement of 75% of the costs. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the county for another 12.5% of the cost.

Colbaugh’s quick action of getting the bid to the County Commission provided one quick jump for a project. The road was damaged on Feb. 24 by flooding throughout the county caused by heavy and persistent rains.

While design and other work has taken quite a bit longer than anticipated, Colbuagh is now trying to speed up the start of construction as much as he can. The next stage will be a preconstruction meeting set for Sept. 26, when schedules will be worked out and paperwork signed.

Colbaugh said the contract calls for construction to be complete within six months.

Although there was considerable erosion of the road, Colbaugh said the construction plan calls for the road to be rebuilt on its same footprint. He said there will be no need to acquire new right-of-way.

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