Work to start on new roundabout


CR 600W will stay open throughout the duration of the roundabout construction, but CR 300N will be closed at various times. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

MT. COMFORT — Ground will be broken soon on the multilane roundabout at Mt. Comfort Road and CR 300N, and local officials say they’re glad the cost of construction will be lower than expected.

The roundabout will cost $2.278 million, and county commissioners say given the controversy on the project over the past four years, it will be good to see it finally built.

“I’m pleased this is the first item that’s come in under budget (for the roundabout). We’re real pleased about that,” said Commissioner Brad Armstrong.

The bid, from Milestone Contractors, came in the lowest among seven Wednesday evening at a meeting to consider bids. Gary Pool, Hancock County highway engineer, said he was finalizing paperwork Thursday to award the project to Milestone, and a timetable for construction will be discussed soon.

County officials were expecting the bid to be about $2.5 million, based on an engineer’s estimate. Most of the project will be funded with a federal grant; the county is bracing to spend roughly $540,000 on construction costs.

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