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Street-paving bids lower than expected


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Proposals to resurface about three miles of road in the Woodside Industrial Park near Walesboro came in lower than expected.

Columbus Redevelopment Commission members Monday opened two bids for the project. The commission plans to use $2.5 million in tax-increment financing district funds to pay for the project.

The TIF fund had about $5.9 million at the end of 2013, Mayor Kristen Brown said.

Milestone Contractors LP of Indianapolis and Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. of North Vernon submitted bids. Milestone’s bid was $1,430,887, and the O’Mara bid was at $1,961,538.

The commission plans to meet at 6 p.m. Monday to select a contractor, said Heather Pope, city redevelopment director. The proposal also must be considered by the city council.

Increased semitrailer truck traffic on International Drive and nearby streets caused the need for the road work, city engineer Beth Fizel said.

Most of the roads were constructed in the late 1970s and mid-1980s and were not built to handle the number of vehicles using them now, Brown said.

Companies such as NTN Driveshaft, Sunright America and the Phoenix Group are in Woodside Park.

The resurfacing project will be done in a way that allows the city to add curbs and sidewalks at a later time.

Pope said the city hopes to have the resurfacing project completed by the end of summer.

Roads in the Woodside Industrial Park

Here’s a list of the different streets in the Woodside Industrial Park that are being considered for the resurfacing project this summer:

  • Old Lane Drive, from County Road 450S to Inwood Drive, built in 1979.
  • Interlake Drive, from Barker Drive to Inwood Drive, built in 1979.
  • Inwood Drive, from Norcross Drive to Interlake Drive, built in 1979.
  • Norcross Drive, from County Road 450S to Inwood Drive, built in 1979.
  • Barker Drive, from Interlake Drive to Inwood Drive, built in 1989.
  • County Road 175W, from County Road 450S to Deaver Road, $483,000, no build date specified.
  • International Drive, State Road 58 to International Drive westbound, built in 1989 and resurfaced in 1995.
  • International Court, built in 1989 and resurfaced in 1995.

Source: City of Columbus Engineering Department.

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