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$1.4 million bid accepted for CR 345 paving

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - A bid of $1.4 million to pave 12.6 miles of Levy County Road 345 from CR 332 to State Road 24 was accepted Dec. 18 by the County Commission.

Lee Mills of Mills Engineering presented the bid tabulations. Mills Engineering is the county engineering company.

Anderson Columbia of Lake City won the bid award, subject to approval from the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT), which is paying for the work through the Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP).

There were five bids and the one from Lake City was the lowest. The second lowest bid was from V.E. Whitehurst of Williston. The difference was about $27,000.

The highest bid was from APAC of Gainesville for $3.5 million.

SCRAP is scheduled to sunset in 2010, but Levy County cannot participate in the program any more because it lowered the millage rate below 8 mills.

The County Commission also unanimously approved other road improvements.

The county contracted with Mills Engineering to find paving companies to resurface CR 339 from U.S. 27 to the Gilchrist County line using SCRAP funds. Levy County Road Administrator Bruce Greenlee received unanimous approval for all his requests.

Another approved project is the widening and resurfacing of CR 316 from CR 337 to SR 121. This is a Small County Outreach Program (SCOP) project, funded by DOT. As part of this SCOP work, the county entered into a memorandum of agreement with DOT to modify the intersection of CR 316 and CR 323.

Another SCOP project the County Commission unanimously approved is to widen and resurface CR 323 from State Road 27 to CR 332.

Greenlee explained to the commissioners that the county could save money by a local machine shop producing a blade for a dozer.

Maddox Foundry and Machine Works was approved to measure, sketch and produce one three-piece wear liner plate set for a D6R dozer blade. The cost to create this replacement blade is $4,730. Greenlee said it would be much more expensive to order a new one as a replacement.