Sanford is looking for a general contractor to handle a $3.4 million water utility project that became necessary when the Florida Department of Transportation opted to four-lane S.R. 46.
A roughly 3.5 mile-stretch along the state road, mostly on its south side, will be worked on along Orlando Sanford International Airport property.
The path will take workers from where the road intersects with Mellonville Avenue to just east of where it meets S.R. 415.
Sanford, like other cities, has to do the work through a contractor and pay for the project, because existing pipes and supporting equipment are buried along FDOT right of way.
Sanford is looking for a contractor that has successfully done this kind of project before and is pre-approved by the FDOT for jobs of this type, said Mack McKinley, Sanford's water resources engineer.
All told, S.R. 46 runs about 50 miles, from U.S. 441 in Mount Dora to U.S. 1 in Mims, with Sanford being its longest stretch at about eight miles.
The Sanford work includes installing water mains, pressurized water line, sewer lines and manholes.
Bids are being accepted until Feb. 24, with the award expected within a month after that date. The city is shooting for an April start, McKinley said.