It took some time, but the Huntley Road bridge in Freehold Township will be replaced this summer.
The Warren County Commissioners approved a $134,007 bid by Shingledecker Welding of Franklin to replace the bridge during their meeting last Wednesday.
Two other firms had also bid on the project: Horizon Construction of Sandy Lake at $138,900 and Clearwater Construction of Mercer at $266,000.
The project engineer, Mark Corey and Associates from Harborcreek, had estimated work on the bridge at $60,000, a figure not enough half of the lowest bid.
County Grants Administrator Lorri Dunlap said the discrepancy may originate in the length of time between the project being approved and bids being solicited. Due to the engineering delays, the project was approved approximately three years ago.
The commissioners had to move $41,686 in Community Development Block Grant 2012 funds and $16,314 in CDBG 2011 funds that were completed under budget for the Huntley Road bridge project.
"It is in need of replacement," Commissioner John Eggleston said, adding the CDBG program has been "efficient and effective."
"We've been able to do a great deal of good in our rural areas," he said
The commissioners also approved two proclamations designating May as motorcycle safety and awareness month and the week of May 1-7 as corrections employee week.