Discussion on bids for replacing the wooden bridge on Williams Roadâ€“a remote dirt roadâ€“came up during a Washington County Board of County Commissioners workshop on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Jon Sims with Dewberry Engineersâ€“one of the emergency management contractors with the countyâ€“said the lowest bidder for the project is â€œover budget by a couple hundred thousand dollars.â€
â€œTo me, itâ€™s not a problem,â€ Sims said.
In response to a question from County Lawyer Matt Fuqua on if they could be asked to come down on costs, Sims said the bidder couldnâ€™t do so.
â€œTheyâ€™re still the lowest bidder,â€ Sims said.
Additional funds can be requested from FEMA to make up for the extra costs, Sims said.
â€œThis is a second advertisement on Williams Road and the first time it was over,â€ Sims said.
The shortfall comes to $300,000. No vote was made since the Oct. 12 discussion was during a workshop where commissioners, staff, and consultants discuss matters and potential decisions.
The Williams Road bridge issue will come up again on the agenda for the commissionâ€™s next meeting, which will be held on Oct. 19 in the Board of County Commissioners room at 1331 South Boulevard in Chipley at 9 a.m.