Highways Inc. apparent best bidder for job at bypass

Friday, November 12, 2010

NASHVILLE -- A road contractor with offices in Brentwood, La Vergne and Cookeville is the apparent best bidder for a state contract to widen part of the bypass in Lewisburg.

Highways Inc. bid $11,472,141.23 to widen a three-lane section of Ellington Parkway to a five-lane bypass between Fayeteville Highway and the Lewisburg campus of Columbia State Community College.

Also bidding on the contract from the Tennessee Department of Transportation were: Civil Contractors of Franklin, $12,195,620.68; Mountain States Contractors, also known as Jones Brothers of Mt. Juliet, $12,226,040.96; and Lincoln Paving of Faytteville, $12,483,055.87.

"TDOT now has 30 days to analyze the bid and either award the contract or reject the bid," department spokeswoman B.J. Doughty said.

The 30-day period started on Oct. 29.

"Once we get through that process," Doughty said, "it's usually another month to six weeks before work would begin.

"Assuming ... a contract is awarded by the end of November, the contact completion date will be on or before Nov. 15, 2012," she said.

TDOT refers to the bypass here as State Route 106. It crosses CSX railroad tracks near the entrance to the Lewisburg Industrial Park, an intersection that has traffic volumes of note during shift change times.

"The project will greatly increase safety and capacity along this busy and growing corridor in Lewisburg," Doughty said.

The original roadway was built in the 1960s and enough right-of-way was purchased then for additional lanes. An Advanced Planning Report for the widening job -- the first step toward a project -- was completed in 1986.