WALKER -- Kris Lyytinen, assistant Cass County engineer, obtained county board approval Tuesday for 2004 maintenance work on county and state aid roads.
Contractors will apply 139,480 tons of gravel in two- to three-inch thicknesses on 42.35 miles of roads this summer. There will be 359,964 gallons of calcium chloride applied on 136.35 miles of 45 county and state aid gravel roads.
The county will begin a program this year to switch from asphalt crack sealer to rubberized crack sealing. Asphalt sealer needs to be applied annually, said County Engineer David Enblom, while the flexibility in rubberized sealer enables re-sealing only every five to seven years.
The first rubberized sealer projects will be on County State Aid Highways 77 around Gull Lake, CSAH 5 running from Hackensack to Longville, County Road 126 north of Longville and CSAH 38 north of Walker.
Enblom said most of the maintenance projects are based upon reports from county maintenance employees who travel roads in their district daily and see where road deterioration and high traffic is occurring.
The county board awarded the contract to low bidder Young Excavating of Hackensack to build a bypass route for CSAH 50 along the north shore of Ten Mile Lake. The new route will shift Upper Ten Mile Lake Road farther away from houses in that area.
Young's $404,455.25 bid was 36.77 percent under county estimates and the lowest of 14 bids the county received. Enblom said the county still needs to acquire power line easements for the project. Work is expected to begin this month.
The board awarded the contract to resurface 4.5 five miles of CSAH 6 (Lower Ten Mile Lake Road) running west from Highway 371 to Tri-City Paving at $1,057,570.77, 8.3 percent under county estimates. Theirs was the lowest of six bids received.
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