East Forest Drive in the Woodridge Subdivision is similar to other streets there with aggregate showing as the street has worn away. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council voted to award contracts Tuesday night on the first two infrastructure projects to be funded by the optional one percent sales tax approved by voters last November. The two projects were recommended by the city’s For Our Roads Citizens Committee (FORCC). Work on both projects is expected to be complete by the end of this fall’s construction season.
The two projects include a pavement overlay on Watt Court off of College View Drive and a pavement overlay and some concrete work on streets in the Woodridge Subdivision. In both instances, the pavement on those streets has worn away to the point that the aggregate used in the paving is visible and the street surfaces are very rough. The successful bidder on the Watt Court job was Dave’s Asphalt with a bid of $24,546.40. The original bid for that project was proposed by 71 Construction because it is on site and building a new road on the campus of Central Wyoming College that connects two new parking lots there with Watt Court. City policy, however, requires three bids be solicited on projects over $5,000. 71 Construction held pat on its bid of $32,132 while Western Wyoming Construction Co. of Lander bid $42,252.
The second, and larger, project is for the Woodridge Subdivision in NE Riverton, generally known as sitting between the Holiday Inn and the Aspen Park Elementary School off of East Sunset Drive. All of the streets in this subdivision carry the names of tree species. The low bid for this project was submitted by 71 Construction in the amount of $358,771. Also bidding were Dave’s Asphalt at $382,570 and Mountain Construction of Lovell at $475,994.
Wendall Menka, the FORCC chairman, said the committee decided to take a different track after the city council in July decided not to award bids for one percent work until sufficient funds had been banked to pay for them. Originally, the FORCC had recommended concrete curb, gutter and valley pan work throughout the city as its top priority, but funds for that work would not be available until next spring at the earliest. “We decided to present things with money in the bank and for projects ready to go,” Menka told the council Tuesday night. He said the FORCC also recommended retracting the request for bids on the concrete work until next March. The city is expecting around $2-million from the optional tax. As of this week, City Administrative Services Division Director Courtney Bohlender said the first four months of the tax have brought in a total of $425,811, enough to cover the first two overlay projects.
“We’ll keep on moving as we get money to pay for them,” Menka said. “We’ll get a lot of work done.”
Photos by Ernie Over. Click to enlarge.