Andover approves 2013 road seal coating projects

The Andover City Council March 19 approved seal coating projects for 2013.

The city of Andover is one of nine communities in a Coon Rapids-led consortium that compiles all road seal coating projects into one bid to increase the amount of material and thus make the project more appealing to companies.

Pearson Brothers, Inc. of Hanover was the low bidder for the whole package. Andover’s share is $320,903. City Engineer and Public Works Director David Berkowitz had estimated its project costs would be $347,420.

Andover’s project area is generally located east of the railroad tracks, north of Bunker Hills Regional Park and south of Coon Creek, although there is one neighborhood north and west of the creek next to the railroad tracks that will get a seal coating.

Seal coating is a form of preventative maintenance that the government does to prolong the life of a road until more expensive reconstructions are necessary.

Unlike reconstructions, in which Andover normally covers 75 percent of project costs and adjacent property owners pay 25 percent, the city picks up the whole tab.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]