City welcomes lower-than-expected roadwork bids

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 1, 2015


GROSSE POINTE CITY — In Michigan, there are said to be two seasons: winter and road construction. Grosse Pointe City leaders are gearing up for the latter.

During a meeting March 16, the City Council unanimously approved a low bid from Washington Township-based Pro-Line Asphalt to undertake local road projects this year at a cost of $433,348.75. A millage approved by voters last year is enabling the City to take on what Public Service Director Gary Huvaere said is an “expanded road resurfacing project” this year. He said the City has used Pro-Line Asphalt in the past.

Work scheduled for the coming months includes Washington Road from St. Paul to Kercheval, Charles Street from Rivard to Roosevelt, Rivard Boulevard from Maumee to St. Paul, Neff Road from Charlevoix to Mack, and Notre Dame from Waterloo to Charlevoix. Depending on their condition, these stretches of road will undergo different levels of milling, resurfacing and curb work.

Huvaere said the city’s engineers at Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick Inc. had estimated the project would cost the City about $438,000, so the City set aside about $463,000 to cover the costs.

“Therefore, the bid we received is lower than the estimated amount,” he told the council.

“The city engineers’ estimate was right on,” City Councilwoman Jean Weipert said.

Another advantage was the fact that many companies were vying for the City’s projects.

“We got seven bids, which was good,” Mayor Dale Scrace said.

Huvaere said the remainder of the road funds set aside this year would be used to provide a match for road construction on Kercheval Avenue from Cadieux to Neff that will be bid out by the state. That project will cover the entire Village district, at least along Kercheval.

During a primary election on Aug. 5, 2014, City voters approved up to 2.5 mills for 15 years or less to cover needed road restoration on local streets. City leaders had said that declining revenues — especially from property taxes following the collapse of the housing market — had sharply reduced spending on road maintenance. Engineers said roads in poor condition cost more to fix than their better-maintained counterparts. Officials hope to restore the quality of local roads through the millage so that they can be kept in decent shape through routine maintenance, rather than complete overhauls.