County commissioners approve replacement of bridge

The Hills Creek Bridge in northeastern Polk County close to Taylorsville will soon be replaced so that traffic can resume along the county route. The Polk County Board of Commissioners has approved an engineering design contract to replace the structure. The commission voted to accept the bid submitted by Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc., which will provide engineering design services to replace the bridge. The preliminary cost estimate for engineering and construction of this project is not expected to exceed $500,000, which will be paid with Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. Work is expected to be complete and the bridge open by the end of this year. Commissioner Larry Reynolds said the bridge would be pre-built off site.