City officials are scaling back plans to remake Morgan Falls Road after bids for the original project proposal came in about $1 million or more over budget.

“The bottom line is we don’t have enough money to do this project,” City Manager John McDonough told members of Sandy Springs City Council during the council’s Jan. 14 retreat. “We’re looking at another $1 million to do this project as designed.”

The city had planned to spend about $3.04 million on construction work for the project, which would realign portions of the road, build sidewalks and repave the road that connects Morgan Falls Overlook Park to Roswell Road.

But when construction companies bid on the job in June, their bids ranged from $3.9 million to $10.6 million, city officials said.

Council members indicated during the retreat they would back a plan to spend $1 million to repave the road and to add sidewalks, curbs, gutter and fencing along portions of the road.

“I think it’s a travesty to repave this road and not have a sidewalk,” City Councilman John Paulson said.

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