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Road closure goes into effect as work begins

Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton notified The Messenger this week that road work on 20th Street S.E. will begin today, May 3.
Addleton said that the general contractor on the project, Peavy and Son Construction Company, will begin work on the full-depth reclamation of the busy city street on the south end.
Beginning today, road closures will be in effect from the intersection with Joyner Road north to the intersection of Meadow Brook Drive.
The city manager could not say how the road would be closed, however, he said work is expected to proceed quickly depending on the weather.
The road closure has also prompted Grady County commissioners to temporarily close the dump site on 20th Street S.E. and transfer dumpsters to the Grady County Livestock Pavilion. (See related story in this issue.)
Based on estimates developed by consulting engineer Stacy Watkins, Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton had projected the cost of the project at $462,818, but the low bid received by the city earlier in March came in at $517,962.49 from Peavy & Son Construction Co. The only other bid was $696,860.80 from Oxford Construction Company.
The city sought and received authorization from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to use money from the city’s revolving loan fund to pay for the project.
To make up the difference in the low bid and the available revolving loan funds, the city will utilize its remaining Fiscal Year 2017 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Addleton said in March he had expected Oxford to have the lowest bid since they were awarded the contract for a similar project in Whigham and are the contractor on the ongoing resurfacing of a section of U.S. 84 in Grady County.

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