Contracts awarded for street maintenance consortium projects

Contracts have been awarded for street maintenance materials and projects for an eight-city consortium.

As the lead agency in the North Metro Regional Street Maintenance Materials Group, the Coon Rapids City Council April 1 approved bids for sealcoating, pavement markings, street sweeping and crack sealing work.

The other cities in the consortium – Andover, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake and Mahtomedi – have concurred with the contract awards and now have 60 days to decide whether or not they want to go ahead with the projects in their communities, according to Coon Rapids Public Works Director Tim Himmer.

The consortium has been in place for about nine years. By jointly purchasing street maintenance materials and services, the participating cities have saved money, said Coon Rapids City Manager Steve Gatlin, who was the city’s public services director when Coon Rapids spearheaded the creation of the group.

The sealcoating contract, which had three bids, was awarded to Allied Blacktop Company in the amount of $1.24 million, which is about 9 percent lower than the 2013 low bid, Himmer said.

Allied Blacktop Company was also the low bidder of three for the crack sealing work in the amount of $244,377, which is comparable to last year, according to Himmer.

There were five bids submitted for the pavement marking contract, the low bid coming from Sir Lines-A-Lot in the amount of $176,182.

“Their bid is approximately 15 percent lower than 2013,” Himmer said.

Of the two bids received for street sweeping, Pearson Bros. was awarded the contract totaling $59,550 for sweeping streets in both the spring and fall. The prices are comparable to previous years, Himmer told the council.

According to Himmer, Coon Rapids’ share of the contracts is about $625,000. That includes only sealcoating, pavement markings and street sweeping, not the crack sealing, Himmer said.

Work will begin in early June and is anticipated to be completed in all eight cities by early September for sealcoating and crack sealing, but pavement markings and street sweeping services may continue later in the year and possibly into the spring of 2015, he said.