Canton firm bids low for Salem paving

SALEM – A Canton firm working on a sidewalk project along East State Street for the city submitted the apparent low bid for this year’s city street paving project, according to bids opened Wednesday.

Central Allied had a bid totaling $360,121 while the only other bidder, R.T.Vernal of North Lima, submitted a bid of $397,180.

The Columbiana County Commissioners opened the bids during their meeting since the project is partially funded with $63,500 of the county’s federal Community Development Block Grant allocation from last year. The city’s share of $296,621 will come from the capital improvement fund.

Engineers from Howells & Baird of Salem will review the two bids and make a recommendation to commissioners, who will award the contract, possibly next week.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the project could start before the end of the month, depending on when the award is issued and how soon a pre-construction meeting is held.

The list of streets to be paved includes:

– South Broadway Avenue between East Pershing and East State streets

– West and East Pershing Street between South Howard and South Lincoln avenues

– South Ellsworth Avenue between the city limits and the railroad

– North and South Union Avenue between East Third Street and Franklin Avenue

– Southeast Boulevard between Park and Ridgewood avenues

– South Lundy Avenue between Columbia and State streets.

The cities of Salem and East Liverpool previously received their own CDBG allocations each year, but the rules changed and smaller cities no longer receive their own chunk of the money. Under a three-year agreement with the county, Salem and East Liverpool can receive a portion from the commissioners’ annual CDBG allocation. The money for the Salem paving project came out of last year’s allocation.

Central Allied is continuing to work on the sidewalk project which includes curb ramps. The project is stretching from Wendy’s on the north side of State Street to North Cunningham Road and then moving across the street to the Walmart and Dunkin’ Donuts area, with sections on the south side of State leading to the Walmart entrance and on the east side of Cunningham leading to the other Walmart entrance. Central Allied bid $263,196 for the project, with the state covering 80 percent and the city covering 20 percent of the cost.

This spring, the Ohio Department of Transportation repaved sections of Newgarden Avenue, South Ellsworth Avenue, West State Street, North Lincoln Avenue, South Lincoln Avenue and East State Street and a small section of Wilson as part of a project with the city. The state funded $493,680 of the $719,676 project, with the city kicking in $225,996 for its portion plus the cost of the curb ramps.

Next year’s big project will be the redecking of the Cranmer bridge on West State Street by ODOT, which will require a detour since the bridge will be closed.