2019 roadwork bids approved in Grosse Pointe City

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 30, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — It’s been said that Michigan has two seasons — winter and road construction — and now Grosse Pointe City officials are gearing up for the latter.

During an April 15 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of a low bid from Shelby Township-based Florence Cement Co. to undertake 2019 roadwork. Public Services Director Pete Randazzo said the City went out for bids in March, and Florence was one of two bidders for the project. He said the Florence bid of $741,921 for curbs and milling was “within the budgeted amount” and is covered by the City’s 2014 road millage, which is expected to generate $875,000 this year.

Another $107,607 will be taken out of the water and sewer fund to pay for catch basin and sewer-related work in that amount, he said.

Randazzo said the City’s engineers with Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. “determined that Florence is qualified” to undertake this project, and the company has “worked on numerous similar projects” in other communities. Florence also has worked in the City before, most recently last year, Randazzo said.

Although Florence had bid the project with a contingency of nearly $145,000 for base repair, City Engineer Stephen Pangori, of AEW, said they didn’t believe they’d need a contingency that large.

“Based upon the conditions that we have experienced on the streets that were resurfaced in 2018 and 2017, we would feel comfortable reducing the base repair contingency from the $144,908 that was bid to $50,000,” he said.

Road projects this year consist of Maumee Avenue, between Fisher and Cadieux roads, except for the block in front of City Hall, between Neff Road and St. Clair Street; Charlevoix Avenue, from Cadieux Road to Loraine Street; and Lincoln Road, from Jefferson Avenue to just north of Maumee Avenue.

“We’re anticipating that the work’s going to start in June,” Randazzo told the council.

Charlevoix will be tackled last because it’s being bid out as part of Grosse Pointe Park’s Cadieux Road project through the Michigan Department of Transportation; the single block of Charlevoix is expected to cost $85,000, which includes construction oversight, Randazzo said.

The 15-year road levy of up to 2.5 mills approved by voters in August 2014 is what is enabling the City to tackle these repairs.

“Since voter approval (of the road millage), improvement has been constant,” City Manager Pete Dame said previously.