CID Chairman Tad Leithead announced the cancellation at Thursday’s board meeting. The additional costs will now be reviewed at the board’s November meeting.
The lowest bid was from Johnson Landscaping, at $2.118 million. Other bidders were C.W. Matthews, $2.124 million; Southeastern Site Development, $2.14 million; Baldwin Paving, $2.35 million; and Pitman Construction, $3.1 million, Leithead said.
“The bids came back $409,000 over,” he said.
John Shern, vice chairman of the CID, said the problem is a county-required contingency fund.
“It’s not a cost overrun per se, but it is an obligation that we’re going to have to accept,” Shern said.
The proposed two-mile asphalt segment, which would connect the Cochran Shoals and Palisades areas of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, will be completely financed by the CID, Leithead said. The CID has already spent $235,858 with Kimley-Horn Associates on the trail design and planning.
“This is the last section that we are committed to build,” Leithead said. “We will continue to study whether there are other connections that we want to make.”
Leithead said the CID began construction on the Bob Callan trail, which was named for a former Georgia administrator in the Federal Highway Administration, in 2006.
The trail is heavily used by bicyclists, runners and walkers.
“It provides people access to the national recreation areas, to the national park, Rottenwood Creek, our business owners, employees of the CID, bicyclists, pedestrians,” Leithead said. “You really have the opportunity to be in a major commercial environment like Cumberland Galleria but also have immediate access to a very, very natural environment with a trail. It’s really a remarkable asset for us to have right here in the middle of the district.”
The trail is open for public use.
“The 180 members of the CID are paying for 100 percent of the cost of this, but we don’t restrict access to those 180 members or their employees,” Leithead said. “It’s a public facility. It’s part of the national park system, and people from all over not only the county but the region have access to this. It’s a real win-win situation for the entire community.”