County gov’t pleased with paving bids

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County government is pleased with lower bids for paving materials, among various highway bids recently opened.

The Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee recently authorized awarding contracts for purchase of lubricants and various highway construction materials. The full board will take final action Monday.

About 20 contracts are proposed to be awarded. Among them were several for hot mix paving projects on four county roads.

“We opened various bids [for] materials and paving items,” Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost said. “Everything is what we expected.”

Yost said the blacktop prices received were generally in the $60-per-ton range, which was “favorable.” He said it was originally estimated prices would be $70 to $75 per ton.

Hanson Aggregates of Jamesville, Onondaga County, was proposed to be awarded hot mix paving contracts at $67.22 per ton for County Highway 122, and $67.79 per ton for County Highway 108. Callanan Industries of Albany was proposed to be awarded hot mix paving contracts at $66.74 per ton for County Highway 126, and $67.91 per ton for County Highway 152.

Other contracts were awarded for such materials as: pavement markings, bridge repair, mixed patching material, corrugated metal and pipe, railing, crushed stone and gravel, concrete, recycling materials and abrasives.

In his operations report, Yost said highway crews in the previous month did snow and ice removal, cut trees and brush on county roads, steamed frozen culverts open, patched potholes, and did some traffic sign repair and replacement.

In the facilities part of his report, Yost said his department recently tiled and painted the county Public Health Department building on Route 29.

“We did some work to freshen that building up for public health,” he said.

Crews also carpeted and painted the training room for the county Information Services Department, and did other painting for the county clerk.