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Council to rebid bridge project


Kristin Mamrack



The Columbus City Council Tuesday unanimously voted to reject all bids on a project to restore the old Tennessee-Tombigbee River bridge at the Columbus Riverwalk and to re-advertise for bids on the project. 


City Engineer Kevin Stafford requested the council reject bids on the $2.5 million project, for which $2.1 million has been allocated for construction, after the bids came in over the expected estimate. 


Starkville's Malouf Construction, LLC bid about $2.5 million on the project and Phillips Contracting, of Columbus, bid about $3 million. 


Re-advertising for bids with a revised project scope means the project, during which the bridge will be restored and converted to a pedestrian walking bridge, will be delayed about five months, Stafford reported. 


"The project will be under fruition early to mid-spring next year," he said. 


Restoration of the bridge is being funded by the city, Lowndes County and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; each entity committed $133,000 and the remainder of the project is funded by a Mississippi Department of Transportation grant. 


Additionally, the council authorized Stafford and Building Official Kenny Wiegel to review other cities' ordinances governing culvert installation and grading and to develop an ordinance for Columbus. 


Stafford expects to have an ordinance to present to the council for approval within a month. 


The council also approved a request to install a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Ninth Street North and Sixth Avenue North.




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