Road construction season may be wrapping up in many places across the west suburban area, but two more streets are slated for resurfacing this fall in North Riverside.
On Aug. 13, North Riverside trustees unanimously approved awarding a $75,925 paving contract to Lake Zurich-based Chicagoland Paving Contractors to resurface 10th Avenue from 23rd to 24th streets and 11th Avenue from 24th Street to Forestview Avenue.
The project will include milling off the top layer of asphalt and resurfacing it. It will also include repairs to deteriorated sections of curbs and gutters and sewer structure repair, where needed.
While Chicagoland Paving was the lowest of five bidders for the project, its $75,925 bid was 14 percent higher than the $66,640 the village’s engineering firm, Frank Novotny and Associates, estimated for the work.
The highest bidder for the project – for resurfacing a little less than 1,000 feet of roadway – was Brothers Asphalt and Paving, which bid $86,321.
The project costs are being paid for through a combination of motor fuel taxes and $25,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding. The CDBG program is a U.S. Housing and Urban Development program administered through the state of Illinois. The program seeks to improve areas populated by low- and moderate-income residents.
North Riverside has traditionally used CDBG funds to pay for road improvements.
Despite the relatively high winning bid, trustees voted to move the project along instead of delaying it and seeking new bids.
“Part of it is that it’s a grant,’ said Village Administrator Guy Belmonte. “It’s got to get done within a certain time period. To miss this fall season could’ve been out of the time frame for the grant.”
Belmonte said he’s hopeful that work could begin within two to four weeks and be finished this fall, before the cold weather moves in and asphalt plants close for the winter.