Ga. DOT Defers Award of Bid on Northern End of Hwy. 17 Project

The Georgia Department of Transportation has deferred a bid award on the northern end of the Highway 17 widening project.

According to the list of bid awards released Monday morning by the DOT, it has deferred a bid award on the northern end of the Highway 17 project, which would create a four-lane Highway 17 between Scott Road in Eastanollee and Memorial Drive in Toccoa.

According to DOT Spokesperson David Spear, the deferment is to allow coordination between the northern and southern ends of the Highway 17 project.

The bid award for the southern portion of the project, between Scott Road and just south of the Franklin/Stephens County line, was deferred last month. Spear said at the time it was to allow for completion of necessary internal environmental paperwork and documentation associated with the project by the DOT.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, C.W. Matthews of Marietta, Georgia had the apparent low bids on both the northern and southern portions of the project. It bid just over $20 million on the northern project and about $46.2 million on the southern project.

The DOT did award a bid for a project for State Route 51, starting at the Banks-Franklin County line and extending west of State Route 59. The project will include re-surfacing and the addition of two-foot-wide paved shoulders to the roadway.

Colditz Trucking of Blairsville received the 4.9-mile long project at a bid cost of $1.1 million. It is scheduled to be completed by January 31, 2014.