VALDOSTA -- The Lowndes County engineering department is recommending that commissioners reject the bid for a bridge replacement on Old Quitman Highway.

At Monday's work session, Bob Gardner, head of the construction operations, said the $1.6 million bid received by Southern Concrete is more than the expected cost for the project, Gardner said.

"It's way too expensive compared to what we intended to spend," Gardner said. "If you reject it, we'll go back and figure something else out."

Commissioner Richard Lee said the County Commission was expecting to spend about $900,000 on the bridge replacement.

After advertising a request for bid proposals, Gardner said only one bid was received.

"It was twice what the engineers estimated for the bridge," Gardner said.

The construction is a SPLOST V project and the replacement would occur over CSX Transportation.

The county is also considering a project to remove natural materials from the county's landfill. The process would include the grinding of about 650 tons of trees, brush and other inert material located at the landfill.

If approved, the lowest cost would include an hourly rate of $360 an hour to remove the material.

Gardner said it could take one to two weeks to complete. Commissioners asked if it is possible to burn the material for a cheaper solution. However, Gardner said state law prevents burning inert landfills.

In addition, the county will consider a SPLOST V project to repair manholes on several streets in Twin Lakes. The project would cost about $20,300 to repair 28 manholes as part of the Twin Lakes surfacing initiative.

County Commission will vote on the items during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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