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Akins Pond Bridge repair to begin
County hires lowest-bidding companies
Bridge  closed

During a special called meeting Wednesday, Bulloch County commissioners voted to hire a two-company team to repair the Akins Pond Road bridge. The bridge has been closed several weeks due to rotten pilings found during a Georgia Department of Transportation routine inspection.

Timber Restoration Services and Wood Research and Development are sister companies out of Jacksonville, Florida, whose project manager lives in Bulloch County, said Bulloch County Engineer Brad Deal.

The companies offered the lowest quote — a total just shy of $55,000, said Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch.

“We approved the lowest quote, and (the company) will do extra (besides simply replacing the rotten pilings),” he said. The quote includes “bank restoration and cleaning out the joints.”

The base quote for just repairs was $31,485, but other work also will be done to correct any other issues and do preventive work to avoid future decay, Deal said.

Further inspections are being done to make sure nothing is overlooked, Couch said.

“We will have to take a deeper look with the company testing all the pilings to make sure there is no additional rot.”

It is possible the bridge could even need replacing, he said.

Work will “tentatively start in a couple weeks,” Deal said. “The work will take a month or so.”

Weather conditions will be a factor in how long the repairs take.

The bridge on the busy road between Middleground Road and Highway 80 has been closed since April 30. It spans Mill Creek and is in close proximity to several highly populated residential neighborhoods.

Quotes, instead of sealed bids, were solicited as a way of saving time, and was legal since the project is less than $100,000, Couch said.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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