MOUNT VERNON — The city is seeking ways to reduce the cost of the intersection improvements at Sandusky and Chestnut streets and Sandusky and High streets, Mayor Richard Mavis reported at his weekly press briefing Friday.
“The bids came in for more than we have for the project,” Mavis said, “So we met Thursday to look for areas where we can reduce costs.”
Safety-Service Director Dave Glass said they need to preserve the essence of the project for which the city received a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation. That is to enlarge the turn radius of the intersection at Chestnut Street to allow Rolls-Royce to more easily ship its large units, and of the turn north at High Street to allow United Precast Inc. to move its products north.
“We’re looking at less curbs and gutters and less milling and pavement,” Glass said.
City Engineer Cameron Keaton will be going over the project specifications for possible savings and then will work with Small’s to get an agreement on a contract the city can afford. When the cost of the signal poles with mast arms, which have already been ordered, is combined with the bid for the work, the total comes out to almost $590,000 and the estimate was for a bit over $500,000.
Keaton said they have identified about $113,000 in possible cuts and he expects things to be ready for a contract award the week of May 13.
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