Burien’s 20-Year, $19.4M Asphalt-Overlay Project To Begin In September

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by Ralph Nichols

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.

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2 Responses to “Burien’s 20-Year, $19.4M Asphalt-Overlay Project To Begin In September”
  1. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Wow, Tell me it’s true! Usually any major improvements happen west of Ambaum.(At least with city only $$) This sounds like the poor side of town might getr something. Some one better check the council members hearts to make sure that they are still beating!! I figured they would take our car tab $ and repave all of Seahurst. There has to be something……….HMMMMMMMM???

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  2. MsPp says:

    Notice that the pictures aren’t the areas that are being repaved.
    Also notice that at least some of the pictures are of areas that were used to store materials for the 1st Ave improvement and were subject to constant heavy equipment. No wonder the surface is bad. Seems that project should have repaired the surface.
    Also be aware that 4th Ave SW between 154th and 156th has already been going through resurfacing — before the contract was awarded.
    This will be like other Burien projects – NO coordination. As soon as its resurfaced, dig it up again. What did it turn out to be for 1st Ave – 4 years? How many times can you dig up an area. ?And is it done? It sure doesn’t look like it. And what happened to the standardized lighting? Seems like south of 152nd on 1st Avenue got missed.

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