After months of planning, there was a bid opening on April 24 for the Hesby Drive project.
Six bids were received. Each contractor’s quote is listed below from lowest to highest:
Underground Utilities (Monroeville): $988,211.05
G.E. Barker (Shreve): $1,076,761.60
Elite Excavating (Ontario): $1,112,291.75
Karvo Paving Company (Stow): $1,259,278.79
Terra Valley (Bellville): $1,262,933.10
Park Enterprise (Marion): $1,272,886.69
The engineer’s estimate for the project was $1,160,000. It entails the construction of a new road from State Route 19, north to the Galion City Schools campus. Heise Park Lane will be extended west to intersect with the new road.
City officials will now review each bid. They hope to award a contract as soon as possible, maybe next week.
The completion of the Hesby Drive project is critical because the city hopes to use it as the detour route for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s widening project of State Route 598. If the new road is not complete when the bridge is closed this summer, the state’s detour route will take traffic through Heise Park and various residential streets.
City officials spoke to ODOT on Monday. Mayor Tom O’Leary reported that ODOT is now re-phasing the widening project and intends to start the week of May 5.
Phase 1 will be the section of Portland Way from the intersection of Grove Avenue to the Harding Way intersection and is projected to take four weeks. Due to delays in the utility pole relocation, there will now be northbound traffic only during this phase. Southbound traffic will be detoured, with a specific route to be determined by ODOT.
There will be a press briefing with ODOT later in the week to cover further details of the widening project. While the city had requested a public meeting to provide the community with details on the timeline for it, O’Leary explained ODOT had to get the project started. They are still trying to schedule a public meeting some time in May.