East Bethel approves 2013 street maintenance

Minnesota’s road construction season is just around the corner and March 20 the East Bethel City Council accepted bids for and approved the city’s list of 2013 street maintenance projects.

Projects put out for bids this year include seal coating 65,000 square yards of city streets including Breezy Point Drive, Edmar Lane, Vickers Street, Yalta Street and 189th Avenue, 191st Avenue, East Front Boulevard and 195th Avenue, Jamestown Street and 196th Avenue, Staples Street and Waconia Street.

Bids were also accepted on crack sealing 100,000 feet before any seal coating and striping some yet-to-be determined 55,000 feet of road.

According to East Bethel City Administrator Jack Davis, the city’s total of the street project bids came in at $172,354.59, which was $57,946 less than the city had anticipated. Because of that cost savings, the city will be able to add an additional 150,000 feet of street maintenance to what it received bids on, at an additional cost of $31,500.

East Bethel will also be taking advantage of a seal-coating inspection service provided by WSB Engineering. The other cities who are members of the joint powers agreement through which East Bethel solicits its street maintenance bids have already used this service and believe the cost is well justified. East Bethel’s cost for this service is expected to come in at less than $2,500.

Overall, the city’s street maintenance projects this year will cost $206,354, which is $23,946 less than the city had estimated.

East Bethel has seen substantial savings in its street maintenance costs since 2008 when it joined the coalition that includes Coon Rapids, Andover, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Fridley and Ham Lake that groups its street projects into one bid.