ST. FRANCISVILLE — Bids for replacing the Burnett Road Bridge were higher than expected, and the Board of Aldermen agreed Tuesday to look for ways to trim the project’s scope.
Bianca Hillhouse, of Professional Engineer Consultants, the town’s consulting engineer, sent a memo to the board with details of six bids. The highest was $1.269 million by L. King Co., of Denham Springs; the lowest was $747,500 by Diamond B Construction Co., of Alexandria. PEC’s budget for the bridge replacement was $500,000, said Mayor Pro Tem Rucker Leake, who led the meeting because Mayor Billy D’Aquilla was ill.
Leake said the town will have to discuss its next step with PEC. One option, according to the memo, is to re bid the project with a modified design.
In addition, Hillhouse’s memo states that all loan paperwork for the new water well No. 4 has been finalized and a grant to help fund the project is pending from the state. Meanwhile, the town has acquired all property necessary for the project, and survey maps and boundary descriptions are pending attorney Mike Hughes’ approval. Plans and specifications are being worked out by PEC.
Also on Tuesday, Police Chief Scott Ford said the noise from airboats because of the high water along the Mississippi River is due to work by Entergy to secure exposed power lines and he expects it to last up to 10 days. He said the boats likely will run in 12-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the high water subsides.