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Elmer City gets bids on trail project


Elmer City received six bids, and town officials will likely award its “Complete Streets” project to one of the low bidders at its meeting Feb. 8.

The $250,000 project is the result of a grant from the state Department of Transportation’s Transportation Improvement Board and will cover both the engineering and construction cost of a 2,300-foot pathway along the Lower River Road.

Bids were opened last Wednesday, with DW Excavating, Inc., from Davenport, submitting the lowest bid of $159,726. The engineer’s estimated construction cost was $160,000.

The Complete Streets program encourages projects that allow multiple uses of streets, such as pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Public works director Jimmer Tillman said the bids have been sent to Belsby Engineering, the town’s engineering firm, for review, before being submitted to the council for awarding.

The town was successful in receiving the grant because it had the project shovel-ready. Tillman has stated that the town intends to submit another “Complete Streets” project as soon as possible.

The project includes an 8-foot-wide paved trail from the end of Third Street along the Lower River Road to Williams Street with two crosswalks that will connect to the existing Downriver Trail system.

This is the third TIB project the town has received.

The project, Tillman said, will help Elmer City residents develop a healthier lifestyle.

A future project will allow residents to access the trail system from other places in the town.

Signage is also part of the grant.

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