Super-low street bids save $100K

By Jason Hawk -

Precision Paving has agreed to pay $646,698 to resurface five city streets and make repairs to cracked concrete through the Apple Orchard subdivision.

The bid, opened Tuesday at Amherst city hall, fell far below estimates and will allow more streets to be paved with the $1.1 million already approved by city council for summer road jobs.

“That’s good savings over our engineering estimates, so we’re going to get 20 percent more roads done than we thought,” said mayor Mark Costilow, who plans to add even more paving projects to the growing Summer 2017 list.

Other bids for the work came in at $854,756 from Kokosing Construction and $810,476 from Crossroads Asphalt.

The bid award will cover Crownhill Avenue, Dodge Drive from Middle Ridge Road to the Northpointe subdivision, Westlake Drive from West Martin Street to the terminus, Mayfield Court, and lane repairs on Main Street. In Apple Orchard, various concrete streets will get panel and joint repairs where shifts have caused problems.

In the meantime, Digger’s Excavating of South Amherst is more than halfway done with a $181,000 job replacing storm water lines under city streets before they are repaved.

That work, too, will cost taxpayers far less than engineers had expected — it was bid at about $119,000 under estimates.

Another $80,000 from salt savings following the mild 2016-2017 winter has also been redirected to expand road projects. Costilow said that money will be used for repairs on the western stretch of Cooper Foster Park Road, Candy Lane, Henry Street, Hall Court, Kristen Court, Baldwin Court, York Imperial, Northwood Hollow, and Willow Hollow.

Portions of Tenney Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, and South Lake Street will also be done.

He hopes to begin all the above resurfacing projects before July. Costilow said it’s unlikely all the work will be wrapped up by the time school buses roll in mid-August.

“I really, truly think a little more inconvenience is worth a lot more road,” he said, pledging to work with the Amherst Schools, residents, and businesses to minimize the impact of orange barrel season.

Other resurfacing projects will start later this year. All of Elyria Avenue will be repaved using state funds, which won’t be made available until the Ohio fiscal year begins July 1. And a large section of Kresge Drive will be repaved in a $130,000 shared-cost deal with developer Victor Nardini as part of his Century Plaza expansion.

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

By Jason Hawk