FLAT ROCK —Work should begin by spring on a new sidewalk in Flat Rock.
Cooper Construction Co. won a $272,000 contract to build a half-mile sidewalk along West Blue Ridge Road from the Mill House Lodge to Little Rainbow Row in Flat Rock.
The Village Council on Monday awarded the job to Cooper after the Hendersonville contractor underbid Trace Co. ($312,449) and Harry's Ditching ($346,715).
The work came in under a budgeted amount of $467,000 and under the council's last projection of $316,000. It even came in under the amount originally predicted two years ago, by $3,000.
The council decided on a walkway of bricks and granite curbing in keeping with the historic character of the village. The greater cost, engineers say, is in the amount of pipe and culvert work that needs to be done. Work is expected to begin as soon as the contractors meets with the engineer coordinating the job for the village, said Councilman Don Farr.
The council has said the sidewalk is a safety issue for young people who walk from the Bonclarken church retreat to the shops and dining places at Little Rainbow Road and Mills House Lodge guests who walk to the retail area.