Hall Street Asphalt Paving Starts On Monday

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the paving of Hall Street has been delayed. City officials will announce when the paving will begin.

SEAGOVILLE – Local residents will be making a few detours on Monday, Feb. 5th, as street repairs continue on Hall Street. Anderson Asphalt & Concrete will be laying new asphalt on the road from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The laying of asphalt will start on Hall Street from 175 Service Road to Kaufman Street, (and) then from 175 Service Road to Farmers Road. The $266,087 project, which started on Monday, Jan. 30th, will also provide new pavement on Hall Street from Farmers Road to Shady Lane.

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Residents are informed that there will be no parking on the roadway and vehicles left on the roadway will be towed at the owner’s expense. Also, all children and pets should be kept away from the roadway during the paving process.

The project was originally awarded to Advanced Paving Co. – which submitted the lowest bid of $255,385 – and was rescinded after council members were shown photos of local street repairs done by the winning bidder at a Dec. 18th meeting. Although the City Council made the right decision, the process of choosing the winning bidder seems seriously flawed.

Does the City Council routinely award contracts without doing due diligence on bidders? Why didn’t local Public Works officials evaluate the previous city projects performed by Advanced Paving Co., and if an inspection was done, why wasn’t the City Council informed? The fact that council members reversed action so late in the process – due to photos – strongly indicates the City Council awarded the initial contract without having crucial information.

SeagovilleGazette.com raised red flags on the asphalt pavement on Catherine Lane in 2016 when gaping cracks up to 1/2 inch appeared less than three months after completion. Also, another concerned citizen noted significant cracks on Shady Lane and suggested the asphalt was cracking because it was not laid to the proper thickness.

The asphalt paving on Catherine Lane done by Advanced Paving Co. in the summer of 2016.

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