The Washington County Board of Commissioners engaged in some give-and-take Tuesday regarding four separate county road projects.
Commissioners awarded repaving contracts for two projects in the northern part of the county and rejected bids for a repaving project in Grant and pavement repairs at 11 county intersections.
Commissioners also awarded a $573,000 design consulting contract for the estimated $5 million CSAH 21 repaving project in downtown Afton to WSB & Associates.
Cory Slagle, Public Works Department transportation engineer, said work includes reconstructing pavement, drainage and sidewalks and realigning the CSAH 21 intersection with CSAH 18 just north of downtown Afton into a “T” intersection.
“There’s pretty rough pavement. We also have pretty narrow sidewalks that are not continuous,” he said.
The county work will be done in conjuction with city projects to reconstruct a levee, install municipal sewer and drainage improvements, Slagle said.
“It’s an opportunity to partner with them,” he said, adding that WSB & Associates also serves as Afton city engineer.
Slagle said project development continues this fall with right-of-way acquisition scheduled for next spring and construction starting in 2016.
“This is a significant undertaking for the city of Afton. They have significant drainage issues,” said Commissioner Gary Kriesel about CSAH 21.
Hardrives, Inc., was awarded a nearly $2.6 million contract to repave County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 7 from the Ramsey County line to Manning Avenue through northern Grant and southern Hugo and May Township.
Valley Paving, Inc., was awarded a nearly $823,000 contract to repave County Road 4A from the Anoka County line to U.S. Highway 61 in northwestern Hugo.
Slagle said the CSAH 7 and CR 4A projects involve planing and repaving the existing road surfaces and replacing existing gravel shoulders with four-foot wide paved shoulders. He added that both roads have rough pavement and are shared by vehicles, bicycles and in the case of CR 4A, horses.
Slagle said a portion of the $2.6 million cost for CSAH 7 is bring paid by excess federal funds available to metro-area counties, allowing the county to cut what was a two-year project to one year.
Commissioners agreed with Slagle’s recommendation to reject bids on two separate projects — cold planing road rehabilitation on a portion of CSAH 9 from one mile north of Minnesota 96 to CSAH 7 in Grant and intersection pavement repairs.
Slagle said cold planing roads involves grinding almost the entire road surface, injecting oil and then repaving the surface. He added that only a few contractors do cold planing and most have projects scheduled for the remaining construction season. The CSAH 9 project was estimated to cost slightly more than $1 million and Slagle said the one bid submitted was $1.335 million.
Slagle said rejecting the lone bid and rebidding CSAH 9 next year gets the county on contractors’ schedules and allows CSAH 9 be part of a package with a separate Scandia project in hopes of getting better prices.
Commissioners also rejected bids for intersection pavement repairs on Slagle’s recommendation. The lowest of three bids was $233,000, nearly $100,000 over the county’s $139,000 estimate. Slagle said the intersection project bid package gave contractors until July 31, 2014, to complete the work.
Slagle said WPW officials will likely have county crews repair pavement at two intersections in the county, one in Oakdale and the other in Cottage Grove, and seek bids for the remaining intersections next year.
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