The Press Newspaper
Oregon council on Monday accepted the bids of four contractors to repair a list of roads as part of the 2014 Road Program.
Smith Paving and Excavating, Inc., of Norwalk, will make improvements to Isaac Streets Drive for $868,952.15 and intersection improvements to Munding Drive and Dearborn Avenue for $121,760; Gerken Paving Inc., of Napoleon, will improve Cedar Point Road from Stadium Road to Norden Road for $227,142, improve Seaman Road from Stadium Road to the East Corporation limit for $329,060.25, Stadium Road from Corduroy Road to Bayshore Road for $393,979.25, and perform crack sealing for $132,793.44; Bowers Asphalt & Paving, Inc., Walbridge, will improve Brown Road, Oakdale Avenue and Sunshine Street for $179,916, make various pavement repairs for $158,951, make improvements to the wastewater treatment plant fire training center for $13,380, and make improvements to the Street Department salt dome drive for $18,570; Henry W. Bergman, Inc., Genoa, will make base repairs to Navarre Avenue, Woodville Road, and Starr Avenue, including fiberglass grid reinforcement for $254,215.
All four contractors provided the lowest and best bids, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
As part of its major construction projects planned for this year, the city earmarked $800,000 for its roadway improvement program when it put together this year’s budget last November. But council agreed to increase spending to $2,698,719.09 due to severe damage caused by the winter’s record low temperatures and snow accumulations in the region, according to Mayor Mike Seferian.
“We’re spending more on our road program than we ever have,” said Seferian. “Fortunately, we have funds available because the trauma that the roads have seen this last winter…fully warrants the road program.”
“It’s probably the biggest road program we’ve ever put together,” said Roman
The larger projects, including Seaman Road from Stadium Road to the East Corporation limit, and Stadium Road from Corduroy Road to Bay Shore Road, could wait a year, said Roman.
“But my fear is that the large cracks you see are simply going to turn into a pothole, and they’ll be more costly the longer you wait,” he said. “That is the reason for asking for additional funding.”
Improvements to Isaac Streets Drive, which includes the replacement of concrete pavement between Navarre Avenue and Munding Drive, is expected to be completed this summer before construction starts on the Coy and Dustin roads intersection improvements, which will likely be bid in July before work begins in August, according to Roman. Coy and Dustin roads intersection improvements consist of widening and resurfacing Coy to provide turn lanes at Dustin Road for the installation of a new traffic signal at Dustin Road. The work on Dustin will involve full pavement removal of the existing concrete pavement and replacement with a new asphalt pavement section. There will also be drainage replacement and utility relocation work associated with the project along Coy Road.
“As you look at the list of streets,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley, “it’s important to be aware that we’re looking to ratchet up the road program for the next couple of years as well. It’s hard to get done much more than this in a calendar year in terms of traffic, people getting around, contract management. This is about all we can get done. But it’s important to note that this isn’t like we’re not doing another road. We think we can have a fairly robust street replacement program for the next couple of years.”
Road improvements had taken a backseat since the recession in 2008. As the local economy stabilized due to cost cutting measures and industrial development, city officials during the budget process last year decided to ramp up the road program this year.
“Now it’s time to step up again and make sure our streets are in good shape,” said Beazley.
Councilman James Seaman asked residents to be patient as they encounter detours and delays while the road improvements are made.
“It’s all going to be worthwhile in the long run. What happened to the streets and roads in Oregon and all of Northwest Ohio is akin to a natural disaster. So this is much called for,” said Seaman.