Goshen trustees award road contract

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP – Township trustees have hired a company to complete the Smith-Goshen Road resurfacing project.

Trustees Monday night accepted the bid of $136,622.20 from Barbicas Construction in Akron to pave the stretch of roadway between state Route 165 and Middletown Road. It was the lowest of six bids the trustees received for the project, which also includes open ditches on both sides of the road that will collect surface water.

The project is being funded through a $168,952 Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant, with the township responsible for $78,303.

Trustees opened the bids last month, but tabled the issue so the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office could review them. Bob Durbin of the engineer’s office Monday night said all the bids met specifications.

When the trustees agreed to seek bids in February, Trustee Shawn Mesler said the initial plans called for tile covered by gravel on both side of the road, but the engineer’s office said the drainage on the road is a problem with surface water and not under the road. Savings from the adjusted drainage portion makes it possible to install a better road surface material, he said.

Durbin told trustees a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled next week or the week after. He said he believes Barbicas wants to complete the project as soon as possible.



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