CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The city of Charlottesville is looking for a company to help with a project to replace a local bridge.

The city has sent out a request for proposals, seeking a company that will design a plan to replace the Dairy Road bridge.

According to the RFP, the project proposes completely removing the two-lane bridge structure, its abutments and supports. It also calls for the development of a new bridge structure.

City Councilor Michael Payne says the bridge is just too old.

"It’s definitely time for either major repairs or replacement. It’s not in any kind of imminent structural danger, but it’s a clear sign that it needs to happen before it gets to that point," he said.

Like any project, Payne says there will be a few months of destruction once it gets underway and that the lanes on the bridge will be inaccessible for some time. 

The project is currently estimated to cost $7.2 million.

The company that received the contract will be responsible for developing design-build bridging documents that will be used by the city to solicit for a contractor to execute the project.

Proposals need to be submitted by Oct. 21.

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