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Salem project  under estimate

SALEM – Central Allied of Canton submitted the low bid of $528,209 for the Eighth Street rehabilitation project, falling under the engineer’s estimate during a bid opening Friday.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said Howells and Baird engineer Jon Vollnogle will review the bids and make a recommendation for the city to award the contract. The engineer’s estimate for the project cost was $539,755.

Other bids included $544,093 from Chagrin Valley Paving of Chagrin Falls, $565,164 from R.T. Vernal of North Lima and $584,699 from Marucci & Gaffney Excavating of Youngstown.

“Bidding this late in the year, you get nervous. I’m pleased. Pleased with the contractor. We have worked with Central Allied many times in the past,” Kenst said.

The project is being partially funded with a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission of $299,999. The rest of the cost will be covered by the city.

The project will be similar to the concrete overlay paving done last year on South Madison and Merle and done a few years ago on North Union Avenue.

Kenst explained that repairs will be made to the concrete to smooth it out, then a fiberglass membrane will be placed over the concrete and then a layer of asphalt.

He reported no issues with the previous projects using that method.

The project on Eighth Street will stretch from Superior to Jennings Avenue. He noted the section from Jennings to the deadend had already been repaved. This project was strictly for paving over the concrete portion.

Kenst didn’t give a date for when the project will begin, but did say it could be later this month or in September.

In an update on the Franklin Street project, he said the concrete work for the handicapped accessible ramps on both Franklin from Lincoln to South Broadway and all of Railroad Street is finished. The next step will be the grinding down of the pavement, then the repaving by R.T. Vernal, which won’t take long once it starts.

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