Johnstown adjusts paving plan for 2013 to match state CHIPs funds

JOHNSTOWN – The city will be paving one less street this year because resurfacing bids came in $9,000 over available funds through the state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program.

The state Department of Transportation awarded the city $234,989 in CHIPs funding for 2012-13. Ten city streets were scheduled to be either partially or fully paved this year.

But City Engineer Chandra Cotter informed the Common Council on Monday during its meeting at City Hall that due to cost overruns, the paving of West Green Street – from West State to North Market streets – will be pushed back to 2014.

She said the other nine streets still are due to be paved this year. They are: Walnut Avenue (entire); Mason Street (North Perry to North Market streets); Hoosac Street (entire); West Madison Avenue (South Melcher to Chestnut streets); Fon Clair Street (Persse Avenue to Route 30A); South Perry Street Extension (entire); Tryon Place/Stanton Terrace (entire); West Madison Avenue Extension (entire); and Genesee Street (entire).

The city accepted resurfacing bids from prospective contractors earlier this month. Cotter said the city had eight bidders, a “good competitive environment.”

But she said the lowest bid, from Hanson Aggregates, came in $9,000 over the available CHIPs funds.

Council members voted to award the street resurfacing bid to Hanson Aggregates.

In a related matter, the council accepted a $4,500 bid from Stephen Savage for purchase of the city’s surplus asphalt concrete millings. The city had also sought sealed bids for the millings.

The city has had success in recent years selling off some of its millings – asphalt materials left over from paving jobs that can be recycled.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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