Covington City Council to select bidder for Wheat Street reconstruction

COVINGTON — Wheat Street could soon undergo a makeover if the Covington City Council approves a bid for the work next week.

The city of Covington staff identified the need for the street reconstruction because of the deteriorated pavement on the road. The project will be partially funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds.

“We have approximately $209,000 that is LMIG money that will be used on this project,” City Manager Leigh Anne Knight said. “Based on the estimates, that is approximately 55 percent of the total cost.”

The City Council is expected to take action on awarding the project during its meeting Monday, which begins at 6:30 p.m. A work session is scheduled at 6 p.m.

Out of seven bidders, Blount Construction Company gave the lowest bid for the three-lane section at the cost of $384,978.06. The lowest bid for the two-lane section was Pittman Construction Company for $330, 872. Collaborative Infrastructure Services Inc. gave the city a cost estimate of $323,495.71 to rehab Wheat Street from Hazelbrand Road to Industrial Boulevard as a two-lane road or $435,693 for three lanes.

Knight said city staff proposes the council approve completing the project as a three-lane road.

“The recommendation for a three-lane is based on the industrial base in that area,” Knight said. “Part of the street is already three-lane and it would be better traffic flow-wise for the street to be three-lane all the way.”

The Wheat Street project will include pulverizing the existing pavement and mixing cement with the soil to develop a stabilized pavement base then laying a final asphalt surface. The three-lane option will include clearing and grading.

If approved by council, Knight said the project could be completed by early February, weather permitting.