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Repairs to College Station could total $460,000

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Plans drawn up by ACC's Transportation and Public Works Department show the extent of the repairs needed on College Station Road.

Emergency repairs to College Station Road now have a price tag attached.

It could cost Athens-Clarke County as much as $460,000 to fix westbound lanes on College Station Road, after a broken water main rendered the road unsafe for automobile traffic. The base bid from contractor E. R. Snell was just under $370,000; the bid also includes $70,000 for contingencies and an incentive of up to $20,000 for completing the work before the August 12 deadline.

A contractor installing fiber optic infrastructure breached the 16-inch water main, which moves about 11,000 gallons per minute, on June 28, damaging about 11,000 square feet of the roadway. County documents say that the fiber optic contractor had obtained a utility locate ticket, and that it is the contractor’s responsibility to avoid existing utilities.

County documents also indicate that county officials considered the possibility of using the undamaged eastbound lanes of College Station Road to accommodate traffic flow in both directions as a temporary measure. That suggestion was met with opposition from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the emergency contract at their Tuesday meeting.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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