© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Duane Grado, public works manager, speaks about road repairs at the March 10, 2014 council meeting.
Local company Cypress Paving has been awarded the contracts for the supply and placing of asphaltic concrete and asphaltic hot mix in 2014.
Council unanimously approved the awarding of the contracts on a sole source basis at Monday’s meeting. No other contractors have shown interest in the asphalt work for several decades.
“It’s probably well noticed by the citizens of Moose Jaw the holes from water main breaks and that. With the awarding of this contract, Cypress Paving will be able to start up hopefully in April and will be able to complete a lot of those ones,” said Duane Grado, public works manager.
“The major repairs are not usually done in recent years by the City of Moose Jaw staff. We have helped out. If we can spare the resources, we will, but this pretty much lands on the contractor because he has the magnitude to do it with a new crew.”
The city usually has two contracts regarding asphalt. The first is the asphalt in place contract, which deals with placing new asphalt for rehabilitated streets and work in new subdivisions. In 2013, the city also included major repairs in this contract such as water main breaks and service connection relays.
The second contract includes asphalt pick-up contract. Under the contract, asphalt materials are provided for city crews to do patching of potholes and small excavations.
This year, Cypress Paving detailed their offer to supply and place asphaltic concrete and provide hot mix asphaltic concrete for pickup. They also included a quote for the major repair work in 2014.
Their proposal indicates a 3.5 per cent increase in unit prices for both contracts from 2013. An additional 0.5 per cent increase is also proposed for the road repair unit price. The estimated value of the contracts is $3.24 million.
Grado said out of the $3.24 million, $1 million would be for road repairs.
He added city crews would focus on pothole repair using two different crews, as well as major repairs if resources are available and affordable. He estimated the city did 35 repairs last year.
An engineering department report said the inventory of major repairs to be completed in 2013 is “very extensive” and there aren’t enough resources to complete the work.
“There’s a significant backlog of work that has to be accomplished,” said Matt Noble, city manager. “(We will be) using the contractors to allow us to catch up with all of those areas that you’ve been receiving complaints on or we’ve done water and sewer line repairs and there’s significant areas of exposure that have not been paved over.”
Once caught up, the city can have more responsibility for roadwork.
“To be honest, I believe there’s over two years of backlog,” said Noble. “It’s important I think for council and the public to understand this year it is our intention to catch up on all those areas that are left unfinished in the community so by next year we’re on top.”
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