Contract awarded for paving Livingston Road

LEESBURG — Repaving and storm drainage work on a 1.5-mile stretch of Livingston Road in northern Lee County is expected to be completed in about six months, according to Lee County Planning Director Bob Alexander.

The contract was awarded to Jim Boyd Construction Co. this past week by Lee County Commissioners. Boyd submitted the apparent low bid of $459,909.

Other bids were submitted by Oxford Construction Co. at $551,266, HCH Construction at $615,292 and Reeves Construction Co. at $643,013.

Alexander said the low bid came in “considerably less” than the engineering estimate of $543,115. He said 50 percent of the expense will be covered by state funds under a Community Development Bloc Grant.

Alexander said the road, located in the Smithville area of Lee County, is paved, but is in “very bad” condition. It runs from State Route 118 south for about 1.5 miles.

Alexander also reported that the resurfacing of Starksville Road in Leesburg has been completed, but that work on sidewalks and landscaping will continue for a few months.

“We tried to get all the actual road construction work done before school started,” Alexander said.

In addition to the resurfacing, median strips were installed to help direct traffic and to improve the look of one of the city’s major roadways.

Also, bid letting on a major Lee County project is expected in December. Alexander said bids are expected on the North Bypass, which will connect State Route 195 to Old Smithville Road and then further west on U.S. 19 with a bridge over the railroad tracks and U.S. 19.