Five contracts awarded for regional consortium projects

Contributing Writer

Five contracts were awarded by the Coon Rapids City Council April 18 for street maintenance projects through a regional consortium of 10 cities.

Coon Rapids is the lead agency of North Metro Regional Street Maintenance Consortium, which was formed in 1994 to jointly purchase street materials and services to save money through economy of scale.

The 10 cities taking part in the 2017 program are Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Mahtomedi and Mounds View.

Items included in the bid packages were sealcoating (three bids), pavement markings (three bids), street sweeping (two bids), crack sealing (three bids) and fog sealing (three bids).

The other nine cities in the consortium signed off on moving forward on the contract awards before Coon Rapids took action April 18, according to Tim Himmer, Coon Rapids public works director.

The contracts are:

–Sealcoating to Pearson Bros with a base bid of $1.93 million for regular asphalt emulsion sealcoat oil and trap rock aggregate and an alternate bid of $1.9 million for granite aggregate.

–Pavement markings bid by the gallon (streets, parking lots and street symbols) to Sir Lines-A-Lot Inc. totaling $147,331.

–Seasonal street sweeping on a hourly rental basis to Allied Blacktop Company in the amount of $127,703 ($69,305 for spring sweeping and $58,399 for fall sweeping).

–Crack sealing on a lineal-foot basis to Allied Blacktop Company in the amount of $246,129. The unit price is lower than the 2016 contract, according to Himmer.

–Fog sealing, bid by the gallon for streets, parking lots and trails, to Allied Blacktop Company totaling $116,063. Fog sealing involves applying a spray-on adhesive material to a surface, Himmer said.

According to Himmer, sealcoating and crack sealing work will begin as soon as feasible in the cities with completion by the end of September, while pavement markings and street sweeping services may continue later into the fall as weather allows.

Coon Rapids’ share of the contracts will total some $800,000, he told the council.