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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider accepting contracting bids for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project for sewer facilities improvements and flood and drainage facilities.

Council heard details of the bids at a committee of the whole meeting on Sept. 16.

Bids were advertised and opened on Sept. 12.

Insight Pipe Contracting, L.P., Harmony, Pennsylvania, submitted the lowest bid of $39,310 for sewer facilities improvements at Portland/Arthur streets. Layne Inliner, LLC, of Hilliard, Ohio, submitted a bid of $47,384. Public Service Director Paul Roman said the improvements include sanitary sewer lining.

Cash Services, LLC, Genoa, submitted the only bids of $10,000 for sewer facilities improvements at Olivewood Avenue and $27,284.44 for flood and drainage facilities on Pickle Road.

Though Cash Services was the only company to bid on the sewer facilities improvements at Olivewood Avenue and for flood and drainage facilities on Pickle Road, the city’s department of public service stated that the city has had extensive experience with the company and is confident in the quality of its work. Those improvements include installing tiles and yard basins, according to Roman.

The projects are funded with a total of $88,600 from CDBG and Revolving Loan Funds through the CDBG fiscal year 2012 formula program.


Bike path
Council also heard Roman discuss repaving older sections of the city’s bike path after Councilman James Seaman expressed concerns about its condition.

“I did get a couple calls about the bikeway on the south side of Starr,” said Seaman. “They say it’s really rough. I don’t know if it just needs maintenance or moderate patching. They say it’s getting kind of dangerous.”

Roman said the city had applied for a resurfacing grant, but was unsuccessful.

“There certainly were other projects that were much bigger than ours. We have received a lot of grant funding for our bike path, so we can’t complain too much,” said Roman. “But we knew if we didn’t get the grant, we would need to put more money into the Starr Avenue bike lanes and Starr Avenue as well. In the next upcoming road program, we’re going to need a large amount of work to go towards Starr Avenue in particular, but even in the older sections of the bike path along Bay Shore Road and so on. We may be looking at putting in thin layers of asphalt. We’d like to get grant dollars to do that.”


Road closures
Also at the meeting, council heard Roman announce upcoming road closures.

“In the next two and a half months, we’re going to be pushing hard on construction, both the road program and one of our bridge projects,” said Roman. On Sept. 17, the city closed Wheeling Street to through traffic, from Starr Avenue to Seaman Road, to allow AT&T to lower an existing buried telephone conduit along the east side of Wheeling Street. The road will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 24. It will remain open for two and a half weeks, according to Roman, then closed again for a bridge project.

The city also plans on repaving Navarre Avenue at the I-280 off ramp this month, said Roman.

“To do it right, when you put in this amount of asphalt, you don’t want any turning movement on the asphalt once you place it. We’re looking at a one day closure of the I-280 off ramp to Navarre.  The tentative closure date is September 25. It will also involve the closure of Dearborn on the other side of Navarre where the off ramp comes up to because, again, we don’t want any turning movement. We want vehicles to go straight through after they just repave,” said Roman.

Also, work on a Norfolk Southern rail crossing on Woodville Road in Toledo will create a detour in Oregon, said Roman.

“This is probably the best route. In past years, we used Oakdale to Sunshine. It was really a problem, especially with trucks. I’ll let you know when that [project] occurs,” Roman said to council.

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