Westerville News & Public Opinion

2014 Street Rehabilitation Project

City OKs $1.3 million for summertime work

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After awarding a $1.3 million bid to a paving company, Westerville is ready to add more road work to its 2014 schedule.

Strawser Paving Co put in a bid of a little less than $1.39 million to complete Contract A of the city's 2014 Street Rehabilitation Project, the lowest bid by $8,879 and $70,976 lower than the average bid received, city officials said.

The Contract A portion of the city's rehabilitation project provides for pavement resurfacing, crack sealing, asphalt rejuvenation, pavement and concrete repairs, striping and marking and other work.

According to language in the bid, the rehab projects are an attempt to, "reduce the backlog of poor and failed streets" throughout Westerville.

More than 100 streets will be improved by the work and Planning and Development Director Karl Craven reminded those concerned about the effects of construction they will be informed of the work in multiple ways.

"All residents that are affected by this program are mailed prior to construction on their street a little pamphlet that identifies the nature of the work that's going to be done and contacts," Craven said.

"We also have a web presence. That page is being updated, and after the contractor presents its schedule, we'll actually populate that with timing of when the work will be done."

Craven said crack fill and other minor repairs will take, "just a couple of hours," and residents can expect crews to get in and out quickly.

These fast procedures are expected to help to make the entire operation move quickly as well. Work is scheduled to begin sometime in July, and Oct. 3 has been set for completion of the project.

At the same time, a $3 million reconstruction of East Schrock Road continues between Hempstead Road and Pointview Avenue. Council on April 15 awarded a $2.84 million bid for that project to Columbus Asphalt Paving.

In an effort to keep Schrock open during the improvements, Columbus Asphalt Paving will handle the project in two phases, allowing the road to be at least partially usable for the duration of renovations.

Added to the bid was an alternate cost of $5,000 more that would speed the process.

The city aims to have the project substantially completed by Aug. 8, or Sept. 15 if the alternate time cannot be met.

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