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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Seligman accepts bid to repave Frost Street

Some well-deserved attention has been focused on Frost Street in Seligman over the last year, and the city is now one step closer to repaving the street.

In March, the city was working on the process of determining which streets needed the repaving the most.

Due to being a high-trafficked area, the city started to seriously consider the needs of Frost Street. It is a heavily traveled and uneven street, and it has not been paved in the last 10 years.

The original estimated price for the project was about $75,000, but the most recent bid the city approved is $89,738.

In June, the project hit road blocks as the city tried to determine right-of-way for a separate storm water project on the same street.

At that time, the repaving project was projected to cover more than 2,600 feet of asphalt without encroaching too far onto someone’s property.

A property survey was done for the 32 properties and the entire length of Frost street which cost about $4,000.

The issue was the maps the city was using to determine right-of-way were from the 1970s and had conflicting information.

The separate storm water project includes two culverts and clearing the entire ditch line to help with water flow.

To focus on the repaving project, the storm water project is expected to be completed in January 2020.

Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said the bid from Hutchens Construction Company in March was $73,488, but that bid raised in October to $83,486.

“The rise in the cost was to cover travel expenses based on the closing on one of the plants,” he said. “The latest bid of $89,738 also included a higher transportation price.”

The bids can fluctuate based on location, and the city may even see a decrease in the final price.

“The original 2,600 feet of repaving has also gone up to 3,100,” Nichols said. “The work for the storm water project, which includes pulling ditches and cleaning the roadsides will begin the first week of January.”

Nichols said he expects the paving project for Frost Street to begin some time in March.

“It isn’t official yet, but that is a rough timeline,” he said. “There is a lot of work to do on Frost Street. It has had many years of build up.”

There are local contracted workers who will install the culverts for the storm water project.

“These roads were done in the early 1990s, and they weren’t set properly, so as far as the roads being uneven, we will forever be fighting that,” Nichols said. “If we wanted to pull up the existing road and completely re-do it, Frost Street alone would cost close to $400,000.”

With the new asphalt overlay, the road will have a smoother drive and a nicer appearance, Nichols said.

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