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Phase 2 of the Dustin Road improvement project will begin on Monday, August 12.
The project replaces the existing deteriorated concrete pavement on Dustin Road, where numerous businesses are located in the busy commercial district.
Phase 2 consists of replacing the existing 6 inch concrete pavement with a new 8 inch concrete pavement. The project will also include replacing curbing, installation of pavement underdrains, adjustments to curb inlets, and partial replacement of driveway aprons.
The road will be closed just east of Harbor Drive and west of Coy Road so that Phase 2 construction can begin. Access to all properties west of the Oregon Post Office will be from Isaac Streets Drive and Harbor Drive. Access to all properties east of the post office on Dustin Road, including the post office, will be from Coy Road. The detour route will be Harbor Drive, Navarre Avenue and Coy Road.
The project, which is part of the 2013 roadway improvement program, will be constructed in six stages, which have been laid out by the city to maintain access to each property. The contractor has estimated that each stage of the project will last approximately three weeks each. Construction should be completed by the end of November.
The remaining 480 feet of Dustin Road will include improvements to the Dustin Road and Coy Road intersection next year. The project calls for the installation of a new traffic signal and added turn lanes starting in the fall of 2014 with completion expected by the summer of 2015.
The Dustin Road improvement project was to be constructed in three phases, but was condensed into two for savings in construction inspection time, and to reduce the impact on traffic for local businesses, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
Audia Concrete Construction Inc., of Milford MI, submitted the lowest base bid at $889,072.70, with a $26,129.25 alternate optional bid. It was not awarded the contract due to errors in their bid, and it was not qualified for concrete pavement, just pavement patching and widening, according to Roman. Also, Roman said he had concerns about one of Audia’s references.
“Smith has done a lot of work in northwest Ohio, including the City of Oregon,” said Roman. “In looking at everything throughout this entire bid, we are not comfortable in recommending Audia as the lowest and best bid. I clearly feel that Smith is the best bid for this project.”
Council at a meeting on July 22 discussed the need to get the project completed this year.
Council President Tom Susor said he was concerned that the contractor may not be able to get Phase 2 completed this year, despite the $31,995 alternate optional bid.
“I want to see this project done as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” said Susor.
“A contractor would not give a price for that optional bid if they didn’t think they could get it done,” said Roman.
Councilman Sandy Bihn said she supports speeding up the project to reduce disruption to the businesses on Dustin Road.
“At a cost of $31,000, I favor helping the businesses as much as possible and keeping the disruption to a minimum to the extent possible. We do get payroll taxes from those people. They’re all good businesses on Dustin,” said Bihn.
“I would like to expedite the project as well,” said Councilman Jerry Peach. “My only reservation would be traffic interruption.”
Phase 1, which was substantially completed last fall, replaced Dustin Road from Isaac Streets Drive to Harbor Drive.
The construction cost for Phases 1 and 2 is $1,410,794, while the cost for the Coy and Dustin intersection project is estimated at $860,000. The project will be funded with a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, which will pay 80 percent of the construction cost, according to Roman.
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