Middletown approves 2020 street paving contract

Middletown City Council recently approved the 2020 street paving contract.

Council approved the 2020 paving contract with RA Miller Construction who submitted the lowest and best bid of just more than $3.9 million, which was 7 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate and 1 percent lower than the next bidder.

The contract was approved as an emergency ordinance so work could start in late April.

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The following streets were selected for improvements and reconstruction/repaving in 2020:

• Bonita Drive from Roosevelt Boulevard to Breiel Boulevard.

• Burton Road from Central Avenue to Grand Avenue.

• Calumet Avenue from Yankee Road to end of street.

• Casper Street from Iglehart Street to Charles Street.

• Central Avenue from Carmody Boulevard to Main Street.

• Dorset Drive from McGee Avenue to Grand Avenue.

• Eleventh Avenue from South Main Street to Lincoln Street.

• Elsmere Street from Van Avenue to the end of the street.

• Gladys Drive from Sherman Avenue to Grand Avenue.

• Main Street from First Avenue to Reinartz Boulevard.

• McGee Avenue from McKnight Drive to the end of the street.

• Schirm Drive from Riverview Avenue to the end of the street.

• Sixteenth Avenue from Main Street to South Verity Parkway.

• Vermont Street from Seventeenth Avenue to the end of the street.

• Antrim Court from Riverview Avenue to the end of street.

• Court Donegal from Riverview Avenue to the end of the street.

• Galway Circle from Riverview Avenue to end of street.

• Helton Drive from Bonita Drive to East Street.

Of those streets scheduled for paving, Public Works/Utilities Director Scott Tadych said Antrim Court, Court Donegal, Galway Circle and Helton Drive will be paved by city street crews out of the city’s Auto & Gas tax funds.

In related actions, council approved emergency ordinances to:

• Purchase of a new Bomag Tandem Vibratory Roller for city street maintenance crews to speed up production and allow a better finish on the pavement. The new roller was purchased for $117,802 from Southeastern Equipment Company of Monroe through the state purchasing program.

• Move back the date for property owners to pay for concrete repairs or replacement of sidewalks, curbs, gutters and other features that were done in 2019 to Aug. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The total cost of the repairs paid for by the city was $537,938. If payment is not made, those costs will be assessed to the property owners taxes for five years. Mayor Nicole Condrey asked if the Aug. 1 deadline could be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acting City Manager Susan Cohen said that the date was set by state statute and could not be delayed. Councilman Talbott Moon abstained from the vote.

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