City prepares for summer roadwork

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – The Public Works Committee approved to send to council five resolutions for contracts related to various, upcoming road projects. 

A contract with Geotechnology for $25,000 and a contract with Rhutasel and Associates, Inc. for $28,000 were approved for engineering services related to the upcoming, summer project for Simmons Road between the Milburn School Road and Porter Road roundabouts. Because a substantial portion of the construction costs associated with this project are part of a federal grant, there are additional requirements prior to construction. 

Construction is expected to begin in June, shortly after local schools are completed. Curbs and gutters will be added, as well as a left turn lane into the Parcs of Arbor Green subdivision, and the completion of a sidewalk to the roundabout at Milburn School Road. The road will be closed to through traffic until completion, but will be done in two phases so residents of the Parcs of Arbor Green subdivision will have access via a paved road the entire time. The projected completion date is late September. 

The 2019 concrete replacement program went out for bid last week. Six bids were submitted, with Lake Contracting, Inc. being the lowest bidder. The committee approved to send to council a contract for $234,852 for various curb and sidewalk replacements to be done throughout the city. Many of these projects are done prior to the updates to the streets identified by the city’s pavement management program. 

A contract with Christ Brothers Asphalt, Inc. for $1,119,941.80 was approved to send to council from four bids for the 2019 street resurfacing program. Streets that will be resurfaced are the front section of Witte Farms subdivision, Southview Gardens (after the completion of the water and sewer main work), the Howard Place area, the front section of the Thornbury Hills subdivision, Homestead Street and Crestview Road area, and Smiley between Highway 50 and Wesley. 

The final contract approved to send to council by the committee was with Sonnenberg Asphalt Co. for $145,740 for parking lot sealing and striping of sixteen different city properties. Two bids were received for the project.