Burien’s 20-Year, $19.4M Asphalt-Overlay Project To Begin In September
Tucci & Sons Inc. of Tacoma is the apparent low-bidder to provide 38,000 tons of asphalt for the initial phase of Burien’s 20-year asphalt overlay project, which is expected to begin in September.
Doug Lamothe, the capital projects manager for the city’s Public Works Department, said Tucci & Sons’ base bid was $5,721,582. Bids were requested for six project add-ons as well in case there is enough money to do the additional work.
“Right now we’re trying to determine how to piece in the add-ons with the money available,” Lamothe said. “The bids were extremely favorable so there’s a good chance that by the time we put all our numbers together we will be able to do most of the additional work as well in 2011.”
The city will have approximately $8.7 million from bonds it is issuing to pay for the first phase of the asphalt overlay project, which will be done during the remainder of this year’s construction season and throughout the construction season next year.
“At the rate we’re going, we’re hoping to have the contract awarded and a pre-construction conference by Sept. 1,” he continued. “Our first initial push is to make improvements on Ambaum Blvd.,” with road work starting later in the month.
“That is what we will probably see done this year before weather curtails construction activity. Generally speaking, the weather curtails asphalt work around Nov. 1, unless we get a stretch of warm weather, until early April.”
In addition to Ambaum Blvd. between SW 112th and SW 156th streets, the phase one base bid includes asphalt overlays on 4th Ave. SW between SW 154th and 156th streets, S/SW 128th St. between Des Moines Memorial Drive and Ambaum, and SW 148th St. between Ambaum and 4th Ave. SW.
Except for Ambaum, this work will be done in 2011.
Lamothe said the city is “extremely pleased with the bidding climate and the results of our project advertising and design, and we‘re looking forward to really making some improvements to the streets of Burien that are most in need of overlays.”
The 20-year asphalt overlay program, with a $19.4 million price tag, will put 2-inch asphalt overlays on more than 260 lane miles to restore and maintain city streets at an average Pavement Condition Index level of 80 percent. The current average condition of local streets is 68 percent.
A $10 vehicle license tab fee will generate $300,000 for the ongoing project beyond 2011, with savings the city will realize by doing in-house some programs previously done by King County providing the rest of the money annually.