Ten miles of Miami County roads have been contracted out for asphalt overlays this summer.
County commissioners at their meeting Wednesday, June 19, voted 5-0 to award the asphalt work to low bidder Superior-Bowen Asphalt Co., LLC of Kansas City, Mo., for a little more than $1.24 million. Superior-Bowen’s bid came in $37,000 under the engineer’s estimate for the project, Finance Director Steve Lyman said.
The work is expected to begin between July 1 and Aug. 26, according the county’s Road and Bridge Department.
Asphalt overlays are planned for the following locations:
• 239th Street, from Metcalf Road to Mission Belleview Road
• 247th Street, from Metcalf Road to Lackman Road
• Quivira Road, from 247th Street to 255th Street
• Chiles Road, from 247th Street to Somerset Road
• Somerset Road, from Chiles Road to 255th Street
• 255th Street, from Somerset Road to Wagstaff Road
Commissioners awarded the contract for construction engineering services to inspect the 10 miles of asphalt work to Baldridge Engineering, LLC of Paola for $11,950.
Though the county contracts out a large portion of its annual asphalt overlay projects, it has the equipment and personnel to do some of its own asphalt work on a smaller scale.
One of those county asphalt projects this year will be on Pflumm Road, between 247th and 255th streets, County Administrator Shane Krull confirmed in a follow-up telephone interview.
“We have the ability to do patchwork and a mile here and there, but the majority of our asphalt work is contracted out,” Krull said.
The timing of the Pflumm Road project is fortuitous because that stretch will be on the access route to the Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert Oct. 3 at MC Farms, northwest of Louisburg.
County officials have emphasized the Pflumm Road asphalt project was planned before the concert was announced.
“I want to make it clear this was already on the schedule; this isn’t something we’re doing just for the concert,” Commissioner Rob Roberts said during a commission meeting earlier this month.
Commissioner Danny Gallagher noted this year’s $1,240,295.80 asphalt overlay contract — a little more than $124,000 per mile — was higher than the 10-mile project last year, which was for $750,000, or $75,000 per mile.
Road and Bridge Director J.R. McMahon said a key factor in the roughly $490,000 increase over last year was the higher price of oil which drives up the cost of asphalt.
Krull said the county received four bids for the asphalt overlay project, ranging from $1.24 million to $1.57 million.