Intersection repairs begin Owensville’s summer paving project

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 7/14/21

South Fourth at West Monroe expected

to remain closed at least until Friday

Meeting last Tuesday following the Monday holiday, Owensville aldermen awarded a $64,440 contract to Fischer Grading …

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Intersection repairs begin Owensville’s summer paving project

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South Fourth at West Monroe expected
to remain closed at least until Friday
Meeting last Tuesday following the Monday holiday, Owensville aldermen awarded a $64,440 contract to Fischer Grading and Excavating to install a new sewer main along South Fourth Street below Jackson Avenue.
The project will connect an undeveloped tract of land which is inside the city limits but does not currently have access to city sewer service. The owner, Jim Decker, had asked the city in 2020 to provide the sewer main. The property is land-locked between parcels of property which are inside city limits.
The project will also connect five other properties to city sewer services which currently do not have access. Manholes and materials for the project have been stockpiled at the site for at least a year in anticipation of the project.
City officials obtained easements from affected property owners to installed the new main and had engineering work completed to prepare bidding specification.
Fischer Grading and Excavating, of Montgomery City, was the low bidder to specifications. P.J. Meyers Hauling and Excavating, of Cuba, bid the project for $111,175. Five other firms were listed on the bid summary sheet as picking up bidding materials but none submitted bids.
Bids were opened June 25 at Owensville City Hall.
Aldermen also awarded a road striping “estimate” worth $2,314 to I Do Lines, LLC, to mark Eldorado Drive and Park Hills Drive by Walmart. The Sullivan firm will paint five directional arrows, apply 2,400 linear feet of double-coat yellow paint, 140 linear feet of double-coat white paint on the upper road. The lower road will receive approximately 1,300 linear feet of yellow paint, 550 feet of white paint, and two stop bars and a turn arrow.
On Tuesday the city’s street crew was removing the worn out concrete at the South Fourth and West Monroe intersection. Jeff Kuhne, the city’s public works director, said forms would be set Tuesday for the replacement of the storm water spillway across the intersection and concrete was expected to be poured today (Wednesday).
Motorists using South Fourth Street should expect the road to remain closed for the remainder of the week as the new concrete cures out.
After the South Fourth and West Monroe intersection, Kuhne said they plan to replace the crossing slab at South Fourth and West Franklin. That work will also involve a closing of the intersection. Motorists will still be able to turn off onto the east-west crossing streets of West Monroe and West Franklin to go around the work zones.
The work on these intersections is in advance of the city’s asphalt overlay project which includes South Fourth from Highway 28 south to West Jackson. An overlay is also planned from West Jackson to the end of the curbing, and continuing from the end of the curb to Southridge Lane in the Landwehr subdivision.
N.B. West Contracting, of Pacific, was awarded the city’s summer of 2021 paving contract worth $285,151.80 at the June 21 Board of Aldermen meeting. Paving on South Fourth accounts for $173,127.60 of the cost on the entire project. Work was expected to be completed later this summer, likely in late August, said Kuhne.

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