By Jeff Gallatin
Workers are expected to hit the road right after Labor Day to get the Lake Road resurfacing project underway, city officials said.
City Council was expected to give final approval to awarding the contract to Karvo Paving of Stow, Ohio, at a special meeting last night. Bay Village service Director Dan Galli said Karvo’s bid of $582,893 was the low bid among the six bids received.
“They ranged from Karvo’s low bid up to a high bid of about $699,000,” Galli said.
In addition to Karvo having the low bid, Galli said, its prior work for the city made it a good choice for the contract.
“They’ve gotten several street paving or maintenance contracts with the city before,” Galli said. “They also did the Bradley-Naigle road work for the city as well. They did their part of the work well; the problems in that project stemmed from the railroad issues with their (crossing) signal.”
Galli said city officials have set up a meeting for tomorrow with Karvo’s project officials, contingent upon council giving the final approval for the contract.
“They’re ready to get the work underway as quickly as possible,” Galli said. “The plan is to start the work right after Labor Day.”
Galli said weather permitting, project officials expect it to be done in October.
“We will be posting signs and putting out notifications so residents and motorists know about the project,” he said.
Mayor Debbie Sutherland is glad the project is moving forward.
“It’s a major roadway, not only for the city of Bay Village and its residents, but for the thousands of motorists who travel over it every day,” she said. “It’s something that we’ve needed to do, and we’re glad to be getting it done this year.”
Sutherland was appreciative of the Ohio Department of Transportation officials working with the city on the project.
“They’ve been a great partner in several ways,” she said. “We appreciate their willingness to put it on the schedule to get done this year. We also appreciate their support in the preparations to get it underway, and we certainly appreciate their support in paying the majority of the costs since it’s a state roadway.”
“We’re doing it as part of our 2013 road program,” council President Paul Koomar said. “It’s something we wanted to make sure we got done, and we’re fortunate to have it be a fairly extensive project going from the Avon Lake/county line border out to the Huntington Beach portion of Lake Road.”
Koomar said city officials realize there will be some difficulties as a result of the work.
“The project workers will try and ensure as smooth a traffic flow as possible and will be keeping one lane open for normal traffic as well as needed access for any emergency vehicles,” he said. “In a few weeks, we’ll all have a lot better road to travel on.”