Columbus is poised to take another big step toward building the 10-mile Warm Springs bike and pedestrian trail that's eventually to run from the Chattahoochee Riverwalk out to Psalmond Road.
City administrators are recommending McMath-Turner Construction Co. get the $1,173,931 contract to build the first phase of the trail. The path will run along city streets from the 14th Street pedestrian bridge east to 10th Avenue. From there it will follow an old railroad bed that parallels Warm Springs Road.
The city solicited proposals from 45 companies, posting specifications on its purchasing division Web page. It got nine bids on April 1. The project is being funded by revenue from Columbus' 1999 sales tax. A Web site with a map and other details is at www.columbus.wkdickson.com.
Columbus Council is to consider awarding the contract at its Tuesday meeting.
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According to the city, the bidders other than McMath-Turner were:
Robinson Paving Company (Columbus), $1,188,086.
Georgia Development Partners (Atlanta), $1,205,297.
Alexander Contracting Company Inc. (Fortson), $1,240,983.
D. Dean & Associates (Columbus), $1,279,621.
Southeastern Site Development Inc. (Newnan), $1,321,985.
Earth-Scapes Inc. (Phenix City), $1,392,325.
Cline Service Corp. (Columbus), $1,394,950.
WCCI Inc. (Columbus), $1,999,769.