Rosehill Road project gets lower-than-expected bids

It looks as if contractor Igle won the bid to begin widening Rosehill Road in March.

City engineer Jim Miller told the Reynoldsburg Council at its Dec. 22 meeting that George J. Igle placed the lowest bid at $3.2 million, however the city needed to check to ensure that Igle completed the paperwork correctly.

The same is true for Kokosing, who is the apparent winner of the contract to repair Rosehill south of Main. Kokosing placed the lowest bid of $743,344; however, the city must check that they followed the directions properly also.
Both bids were lower than engineers‚ estimates of $3.96 million and $1.12 million, Miller said.

The deadline to submit bids was Dec. 12.

The portion of Rosehill north of Main Street and south of Rosedale Avenue will be widened to three lanes. In addition, the city will add streetlights, sidewalks and a storm sewer.

The portion south of Main, for which Kokosing had the lowest bid, involves mostly curb replacement.

Reynoldsburg is only paying a small portion of the project. The Ohio Public Works Commission awarded the city $5.6 million to fund the widening, which includes a grant for $4.2 million and a 0-percent loan for $1.48 million.
Former safety/service director Steven DeBolt said in January 2008 that the city had applied for the OPW grant three times since 1997.

"It’s a competitive process," DeBolt said. "Twice in the last 10 years we tried and did not get it."

Applying for the grant was a nine-month process, Miller said.

"It takes a lot of work to get money for this type of project," Miller said.
The Franklin County Engineer’s Office will contribute $750,000.

Miller said the city staff will review the bids over the next couple weeks, and then he will ask council in February to approve the winners.

The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at with a special organizational meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 5, but was moved to Tuesday to allow council members to watch the Fiesta Bowl.

"We wish Ohio State better luck than they have had historically on nights when we have had to move meetings," council president William Hills said.

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