Salem receives two bids for street paving work

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.

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 between Pershing and State

– West and East Pershing between Howard and Lincoln

– South Ellsworth between the city limits and the railroad

– North and South Union between Third and Franklin

– Southeast Boulevard between Park and Ridgewood

– South Lundy between Columbia and State

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.

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.