The trail spur, covering just less than a mile, will include major bridges over the Sibley Mill and King Mill tailrace areas and allow cyclists to veer off the towpath, cross under River Watch Parkway and emerge downtown near Waters Edge subdivision.
Five potential bidders are vying for the project, but suppliers for components of the bridges to be built needed extra time to evaluate the specifications, said Dayton Sherrouse, the canal authority’s executive director.
The bid opening has been rescheduled for June 19, after which a contract will likely be awarded.
The project was first planned, funded and bid in 2005, but it never started because the canal authority was unable to secure easements to cross the tailrace at Sibley Mill. The access issue and other impediments have since been resolved.
The trail spur is expected to be an important connector that will better link the canal trails with downtown Augusta and the 13th Street bridge, which will help bicyclists get from the canal to North Augusta’s Greeneway Trail System more easily.
The project is expected to take about 180 days from the date a contract is signed.