Livingston Parish will get a little more mileage out of its road funds after bids for the parish’s overlay project came in under estimate.

Seven companies bid on the overlay work, with R.J. Daigle & Sons, of Gonzales, submitting the low bid of $4.47 million, engineer Gasper Chifici, vice president of Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., said Thursday.

Parish President Layton Ricks said road crews should begin mobilizing for the work in about a month. The Parish Council must first approve the low bid at its next meeting, on Feb. 12.

The low bid was $450,000 below the engineer’s estimate and nearly $1 million below the parish’s budget for the work, parish officials said.

Exactly how far those extra dollars will go depends on which roads are bumped up onto the work list and what kind of overlay or patch work they need, Chifici said.

Chifici said he will meet with the nine Parish Council members to discuss the planned road improvements for their districts and determine priorities for the extra funding.

Chifici and Ricks both said they were pleased with the bids, four of which came in below the estimated cost for the project.

“The average bid was higher than the estimate, but the four lowest bids were all pretty close for a job this size,” Chifici said.

Ricks said the close bids indicate the engineers did a great job with the bid package.

“Finally, we’re going to see some road work begin,” Ricks said.

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