Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

City to repave 10 asphalt streets this year

July 12, 2007

The city of De Soto's timing appears to have been very good.

During last year's budget process, the De Soto City Council agreed to provide additional revenue this year to repave some of the city's asphalt streets. Last week when city engineer Mike Brungardt presented a lower than expected bid to repave 82nd Street from Ottawa to Ferry, he shared a list with the council of asphalt repaving projects the city could do this year with the $300,000 the council made available for such work.

The contract for the 82nd Street project, which was bid separately as the city's 2007 Community Development Block Grant project, was awarded to McAnany Construction for its low bid of $100,000.

"I know asphalt isn't going down, so it must be contractors are hungry for work," Brungardt said. "It's a good time to do street projects."

The 82nd Street bid gave the city a yardstick to project how much could be done with the budgeted $300,000. If the unit costs from that bid hold, the city could afford to do the10 street sections he recommended, Brungardt said.

The projects listed were judged to be in the greatest need for an asphalt mill and overlay, Brungardt said.

Those who think their streets should have been on the list could see those streets addressed in coming years. The recently adopted five-year capital improvement plan projects the city will spend $100,000 on mill-and-overlay projects in 2008, 2009 and 2011, $173,000 in 2012, and $200,000 in 2010.

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