Council hears about city paving program

Thirteen streets are scheduled to be resurfaced during the city of Marietta’s 2014 asphalt paving program, according to a presentation by city engineer Joe Tucker during Wednesday’s streets and transportation committee meeting.

“We plan to bring the bid package for city council approval on May 1 and the first advertisement for bids will go out May 9, and the second bid advertisement May 16, with a project sale date June 3,” Tucker said.

He said grant funding for the estimated $540,000 project will become available July 1, and the notice to proceed would be issued by July 8.

“And we have a mandatory completion date of Sept. 19,” Tucker added.

Funding for the 2014 project, which includes reconstruction of 39 Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps at various intersections, will come from a total $60,000 in permissive sales tax funds, $45,000 from the city streets fund, $35,000 from the city’s Community Development Block Grant and $400,000 from the OPWC.

“We’ll probably only receive a bid from one company,” said Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, noting Shelly & Sands Contractors is usually the lone bidder on local streets and highways paving projects as the company owns all of the area asphalt plants.

Tucker said Shelly & Sands is also the contractor on the Pike, Acme and Jefferson streets intersection improvement as well as the Seventh, Pike and Greene streets intersection upgrade. Both of those projects are being done this year.

He said the engineering department would be focusing on quality assurance in the contractor’s work during this year’s asphalt paving program.

“We’ll be working closely with Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 in a coordinated effort to improve project inspections and quality assurance,” Tucker said.

Kathy Downer, D-at large, who chairs the streets and transportation committee, asked how the engineering department selects streets for the annual asphalt paving project.

Tucker explained that the city makes use of Micropaver, a computerized program that assigns a pavement condition index (PCI) rating for reach street, based on data entered by workers from JG3 Consulting LLC of Heath, Ohio.

He said the company does a completely independent review of the city’s 88 miles of streets using the Micropaver program that provides each roadways with a PCI rating between 0 and 100.

The city has used the Micropaver program since 2006.

“We do the best we can to get the biggest bang for our buck in the asphalt paving program,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, and chairman of council’s finance committee.

He noted $45,000 is being used from the city’s streets account, but that funding helps leverage a $540,000 paving project.

“Before we had the Micropaver program, we had no idea what shape our streets were in,” Vukovic said. “And since the engineering department has instituted the program I can see that the overall quality of our city streets has greatly improved. “