Iron Mountain Road

Officials opened bids Friday to extend Iron Mountain Road from its northern end here at Pappy Dunn Boulevard to an intersection with Alabama 21 north of Lenlock. (Trent Penny/The Anniston Star/file) 

State officials on Friday opened bids for the extension of Iron Mountain Road at McClellan, a project that has been in the making for more than six years.

Of the five companies that bid, Midsouth Paving of Birmingham was the lowest, at $4.6 million. Officials had estimated earlier this year that the cost of the extension could be more than $5 million.

Alabama Department of Transportation officials said the lowest bidder will go through a standard 45-day review period. If it’s approved, the contractor will then submit a schedule to ALDOT and the agency will set a start day for construction.

Work began in 2012 with land clearing for the planned 2-mile extension of Iron Mountain Road. The project is funded by a grant from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, but progress stalled after the MDA learned in August 2015 that the planned road interfered with World War I training trenches. Engineers had to redraw the extension plans to avoid the historic sites.

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