Building a pedestrian bridge near the historic train depot in Ringgold, Ga., would cost $368,500, according to bids opened Tuesday.
“It’s definitely more than we were hoping,” City Councilman Nick Millwood said.
City officials had hoped the bridge could be installed for $250,000, Millwood said.
Six contractors came to a June 13 pre-bid conference — but only one submitted a bid Tuesday: Chattanooga-based Raines Brothers Inc., which offered to install the bridge for $368,500.
The city wants the span so pedestrians can more safely get between the depot and a city-owned, 52-space parking lot just south of the busy street, also known as U.S. Highway 41.
The historic train depot, which sustained damage during Civil War fighting, is a popular spot for events such as concerts and weddings.
The City Council will consider the bid within the next 30 days, a city news release stated.
Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...