Precision gets $457K for street paving

A $457,453 contract has been awarded to Precision Paving of Milan to repair badly-worn Amherst streets.

On the to-do list are areas of North and South Lake streets, North and South Main streets, Milan Avenue, Terra Lane, North Woodhill Drive, Shadylawn Drive, and Middle Ridge Road. Crews will also seal cracks in the pavement sporadically through the summer.

Precision was the top bidder among three companies. Babicas Paving offered to take on the work for $516,951 and Crossroads Asphalt bid $539,926.

City council allocated $532,000 this year for street repairs. The roughly $75,000 left over after the Precision contract will be used to stretch fixes and patching a little farther, mayor David Taylor said.

Work is expected to start in mid-June.

No specific date has been set pending a pre-construction meeting between city officials and contractors.

Bids have also been opened for paving work on Cooper Foster Park Road west of North Lake Street. They are being reviewed by Aaron Appell of Bramhall Engineering on behalf of the city.

The presumptive bid-winner is Ten Mile Creek Excavating, which asked for $613,555 for the job. Precision also threw its hat into the ring with a $639,242 offer.

That work will not start until mid-August.

In the meantime, the bridge over Rt. 2 on North Main Street will close from July 15 to Aug. 13 as the Ohio Department of Transportation performs repairs.

Traffic will be detoured during construction.

There is no word yet as to when similar bridge work will begin where Rt. 2 arches over Rt. 58.

However, ODOT has delayed the start of Rt. 58 paving from Cleveland Avenue to Cooper Foster in order to redesign drainage upgrades along the stretch. Now work is expected to commence July 20.

One more construction update — Taylor expects to close South Lake Street to all but local traffic near Valley Drive this month.

The state’s Safe Routes to School program is paying for the pouring of sidewalks along the east side of South Lake. The need to build a retaining wall at a ravine in the area makes the closure necessary, Taylor said.

“The people who live there have to get in and out safely,” he said. “We decided to close it rather than make it a safety hazard for everybody. It’s going to be a little inconvenient, but for safety it makes sense.”

Watch for more information as it is released by city hall.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.