By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
The Alabama Department of Transportation will have a nearly three and half mile stretch of U.S. 278 paved from Berlin to Holly Pond sometime in early 2014.
Work on the 3.4-mile strip will begin near the intersection of U.S. 278 at County Road 747 and end at County Road 1647. A majority of the paving area is two-lane highway, but about a 1.5 mile section is four-laned.
Two companies bid on the state job with Good Hope Contracting in Cullman coming in at the lowest with $1,317,546, according to ALDOT. Dothan’s Wiregrass Construction’s bid was $1,355,556.
The project is slated to take 30 working days which usually works out to about three months, said Rebecca White, ALDOT spokeswoman. Work could get underway by late January or early February, however temperatures will impact whether new asphalt can be poured to cure properly, White said.
“Typically it takes 30 to 45 days for the bids to be reviewed to make sure the work can be done at the contractor’s projected cost,” White said. “Then the (ALDOT) director will have to sign off on it, and then the governor has to approve the work. At that point, the contractor would receive a notice to proceed.”
The contractor will have 15 days to begin work once it receives notice from ALDOT. Lanes will be closed intermittently while crews proceed down U.S. 278 with the paving, she said.
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