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Oregon City Council on Monday approved bids for the 2012 roads project, which includes the first phase of a multi-phased improvement of Dustin Road, which serves a commercial area.

Dustin Road Phase 1 consists of replacing approximately 1,247 feet of the existing “6” concrete pavement with a new “8” concrete pavement. The project will also include curbing, underdrains, curb inlet adjustments, driveway approaches, and sidewalk, including ADA-compliant curb ramps.

The roads project also includes the repair of roadway base failures, deteriorated concrete joints and deteriorated surface defects at various locations, including:

• Navarre Avenue – Stadium Road to the railroad underpass;

• Starr Avenue – West corporation limit to Wheeling Street;

• Brown Road – Woodville Road to Wheeling Street;

• Oregon Municipal Complex;

• S. Eastmoreland Boulevard – Coy Road to Edward;

• Pickle Road – Woodville Road to the railroad tracks.

The bids were opened on July 19.

Smith Paving & Excavating, Norwalk, Ohio, submitted the lowest and best bid of $453,247.45 for Dustin Road Phase 1, and Henry W. Bergman, Inc., Genoa, submitted the lowest and best bid of $81,320 for the repair of roads at various locations.

Council, upon the recommendation of Public Service Director Paul Roman, approved repaving a smaller stretch of Dustin Road to keep the road improvement program within the limits of $550,000, the approved 2012 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget, according to Roman.

Subject to council approval, the rest of Dustin Road will be reconstructed in two more phases throughout next year and 2014. The estimated cost of the additional phases to finish Dustin Road is approximately $950,000. In addition to improving Dustin Road, the intersection of Coy and Dustin will be improved in 2014 through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) (80/20 grant), according to Roman.

Councilman Sandy Bihn said it would be a bargain to replace more of Dustin road this year.

“The problem I’m having is that Dustin has been in disrepair. It’s a major road in our community. We have a new business going in on the road. I think our revenues are fairly strong this year. I would like to see our commercial area looking better, and this road is really rough. A lot of us have been begging for this for a long time. Thank you for proceeding. I’m just trying to get a little more out of it,” said Bihn.

Roman said he was able to save $65,000 by designing the project in-house rather than hiring a consultant, and $30,000 from the sidewalk program.

“We still were short by a significant amount,” said Roman, to make further improvements to Dustin this year. “Without knowing exactly the final price of the Wheeling Street project, I really didn’t want to take money from any other fund. That’s where I feel it’s more prudent to go with a smaller project. No matter how you look at this project, with the entire repaving of Dustin, you’re still looking at $1.4 million. I think you have to spread that out over three years if you’re not going to borrow or take from another fund. Unfortunately, that’s what you have. One good thing is, by 2014, we will have the intersection of Coy and Dustin, which would be bid in the summer. So the plan would be to have all of Dustin, including that intersection with Coy, done in 2014.”

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