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.