The amount to install a pedestrian bridge that will cross a creek on Harden Hill Roadis now more than half the entire budget of the Harden Hill sidewalk project as estimated in September 2018. At that time, city officials told the public the whole project would cost $908,000. The price is now $1.7 million. 

Last Wednesday, the Watkinsville City Council awarded Watkinsville firm Structural Resources the contract for the Harden Hill Sidewalk Phase III for $462,372. 

To fund the expense, the council approved designating an additional $255,769 from the SPLOST II roads, streets and bridges account. 

In September, the council purchased the 100-foot-long, six-foot-widebridge for $69,000. 

The larger expense of installing the bridge went to the lowest bidder. Whereas Structural Resources submitted an initial bid of $486,116, Industrial Mechanical Inc. gave an estimate of $578,097. City officials then negotiated with Structural Resources to bring the cost down to $462,372, a cost savings of $23,744. Structural Resources was the contractor for the first two phases of the project.

For more on this story, see the Oct. 24 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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