The same company that placed the low bid on the southern end of the Highway 17 widening project in Stephens County is also the apparent low bidder on the northern end.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, C.W. Matthews of Marietta, Georgia had the apparent low bid on the northern end of the Highway 17 widening project when bids were opened last week.
That apparent low bid is for just over $20 million. The other two bids came in at $21.6 million and $23.8 million.
The northern end of the Highway 17 widening project would create a four-lane Highway 17 between Scott Road in Eastanollee and Memorial Drive in Toccoa.
DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said that a decision on accepting the low bid, deferring the bid award, or rejecting all bids could come early next month.
C.W. Matthews also had the apparent low bid on the southern end of the Highway 17 widening project at about $46.2 million. The southern portion of the project would create a four-lane Highway 17 from just south of the Franklin County-Stephens County line to Scott Road.
The southern portion bid award was deferred earlier this month pending the completion of necessary internal environmental paperwork and documentation associated with the project by the DOT.
Earlier this month, DOT Spokesman David Spear said it was the DOT’s hope and expectation that the bid would be awarded within 90 days, once that paperwork is completed.
There was no update Tuesday from the DOT on the status of that paperwork.