A proposed roundabout at a busy North Hall intersection is one step closer to reality following action taken Monday afternoon at the County Commission work session.
Hall County Purchasing/SPLOST Manager Tim Sims presented commissioners with a Request for Qualifications/Proposals related to the proposed roundabout at Sardis and Ledan Roads, recommending that the commission approve a construction bid for the job that came in well under the original price estimate.
"We recommend approval to E.R. Snell [Incorporated] out of Snellville," Sims explained. "The budget was $565,000, and their bid came in at $379,916.25."
The surprisingly low bid figure elicited an audible response from commissioners, with one saying, "that's impressive." Commissioner Billy Powell agreed, simply stating: "Wow."
Sims said all county-related costs for the project would would be covered by the county's SPLOST VI funds.
Ken Rearden, Director of Public Works and Utilities for the county, added that none of the utility-related costs would need to come out of the project budget, saying, "all the utilities will be done by the utility companies."
The long-gestating project began as a proposed 4-lane roundabout, but commissioners pared down the scale of the endeavor after hearing about a reported $4 million price tag that would come with it. Instead, a 2-lane roundabout was agreed upon, with an initial cost estimate of $802,000.
In addition to improve traffic congestion in the area of Chestatee Middle and High schools, the roundabout would improve the intersections overall state rating from Level F to Level A, according to Rearden.