MORELAND HILLS — Barbicas Construction of Akron won the bid for the village’s 2020 road program at a cost of $205,311 after a mix-up with the paperwork when the bid was opened on May 1.
Cunningham Paving Co. of Warrensville Heights actually submitted the lowest bid, $182,374. There was an error, however, when filling out the paperwork. When Village Engineer Jeff Filarski multiplied the numbers with the error in the form, their bid accidentally became the highest bid, he explained at the Roads and Safety Committee meeting on May 5. Mayor Dan Fritz said that there was also an issue with the performance period listed in the bid.
“There wasn’t just one mistake,” Law Director Bill Hanna said on Friday. “It just wasn’t appropriate to move forward with that bid.”
Mr. Filarski said that the 2020 road program consists of various repairs, patching and crack sealing throughout the village.
He also gave an update on the Route 87 (South Woodland Road) slope repair. The project has been delayed by one month because the Ohio Department of Transportation decided to add a sheet pile wall, which is a retaining wall, to stabilize the soil. Mr. Filarski said that the village is contributing between $700,000 and $800,000 to the project, which is led by ODOT.
Route 87 between Route 91 (SOM Center Road) and Chagrin River Road will continue to be closed to traffic, cyclists and pedestrians through the end of June. Police Chief Kevin Wyant said that some cyclists and pedestrians are using adjacent private property to get past the construction zone on Route 87 and some are going through the construction zone. There is signage in the area advising people that the road is closed.
“Because this is still occurring, I have stepped up our presence in the area to warn those people and turn them around,” he said on May 7. “We will continue to give warnings but at some point in time we may take enforcement action.”
Chief Wyant said that violators could be cited for trespassing or disobedience to a traffic control device.
Mr. Filarski also advised that a bridge repair project will begin in May. Cuyahoga County is paying for a $584,795 project to replace the beams, known as the superstructure, of a bridge over Willey Creek. The bridge is on Chagrin River Road between Jackson Road and Miles Road.
He said that construction will begin on May 26 and end on Sept. 18. During that time, Chagrin River Road between Jackson and Miles will be closed. Chief Wyant said that there is a gravel area below the bridge where people often park to use the Cleveland Metroparks for outdoor recreation, such as fishing.
People will not be able to park there because there will be construction equipment there, the chief said. He added that there will be signs advising people that they cannot cut through the closed street because it is a “safety hazard.”
The bridge work will commence the day after Memorial Day.