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Lake County road repairs on tight budget

Updated: April 9, 2013 12:57PM



CROWN POINT — As of April 3, the Lake County Highway Department is expected to work with just over $800,000 to fix up county roads for the remainder of the year. This is going to be a daunting task for Mark Malczewski and his staff.

The Lake County Commissioners approved four separate contracts to have crews ready to go as soon as weather permits.

Reith-Riley Construction was lowest bidder, beating out Walsh & Kelley. The commissioners awarded two contracts to Reith-Riley for a total of $641,750.

With this the county will receive $344,250 of bituminous materials for patching, bridge deck and approach overlays.

Reith-Riley will not only be delivering the product but also doing the work. The company will also be doing the seal coating for 2013 with its low bid of $297,500.

Gallagher Asphalt got the contract to provide recycling of pavement at a total cost of $99,750. It was the only bidder.

The contract for sealing cracks and joints for 2013 went to Days Construction. It was the only bidder at a contract amount of $67,200.

It normally takes well over $1 million and closer to $2 million to allow the Highway Department to be able to take care of all the maintenance work necessary for all of the miles of roads in the county.

Once again Malczewski and his staff are going to be in the position of choosing what can get done with the amount of funding it has available.



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