State Awards Contract for Forest Hill Widening

2:35 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
Forest Hill Road between Wimbush Road and Northside Drive
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The state Department of Transportation has awarded a $8.4 million contract to a Lake City company to widen and reconstruct part of Forest Hill Road.

The project would affect a 1.7-mile stretch between Wimbish Road and Northside Drive.

The estimated completion date is March 2017.

The project has been in the works for years. Some state and local officials say the winding country road is outdated and unsafe. Some people, including some residents, say the widening is unnecessary and removes too many trees.

The state also last month awarded a $58.3 million contract for completion of a 9-mile stretch of the Fall Line Freeway.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure of Fleming Island, Fla. won the contract.

They're supposed to construct 9 miles of highway in Baldwin and Willkinson counties, between US 441 and Highway 24.

The estimated construction date is November, 2015.

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