Board approves 2019 road funds

FLINT TWP. — It’s road construction season, and the Flint Township Board of Trustees Monday approved spending $615,800 for 2019 road resurfacing projects proposed by Kraft Engineering and Surveying Inc. of Flint.

Mike Pifer of Kraft Engineering presented estimated costs for seven milling and resurfacing projects. The projects and costs are: Tandy Drive from Lennon Road to Beveridge Road, $107,800; Beveridge Road from Graham Road to South Utley Road, $55,100; South Utley Road from Beveridge Road to Lennon Road, $90,700; North Utley Road from Corunna Road to Hogarth Avenue, $113,500; Hogarth Avenue from Utley Road to Nedra Street, $152,000; Austin Parkway with an asphalt only section between Miller Road and Hogarth Avenue, $66,100; and Austin Parkway concrete section between Miller Road and Hogarth Avenue, $30,600.

The board authorized Kraft Engineering to proceed with determining specifications and letting bids for the projects. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said the projects would be paid for with a combination of municipal street funds, Community Development Block Grant funds and matching funds.

The board also approved the Genesee County Road Commission’s Dust Control Program for this year. The program calls for three applications of 38 percent calcium chloride, which is applied to unpaved roads each year during the hot, dry summer months to control fine dust and maintain road stability.

The GCRC and the township will split the cost of the initial application of calcium chloride to about 21 miles of roadway, with each paying a total of $13,525.16. The first application will be completed in late April or early May. A second application will be made in late June or early July, for which the township will pay the total cost of $27,050.32. The third application in mid-September will be paid for by the GCRC at a cost of $27,050.32.

The board also agreed to pay $$16,500 for the installation of flashing LED stop signs at a cost of $1,500 per sign. Four signs will be installed by the GCRC at the intersection of Dye Road and West Court Street, three signs at Dye Road and Calkins Road, and four signs at West Court Street and Ryan Street. The township will own the signs, and the cost of repairs will be shared equally with the GCRC.

Meanwhile, construction has resumed on the replacement of Mill Road Bridge. Alex Patsy, programming and development engineer with the GCRC, said Tuesday the bridge deck pour is expected to be done next week, if the weather allows. Work on the 225-foot bridge, which spans the Flint River between Flushing and Beecher roads, was to have been completed last year, but construction was halted when the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association locked out members of Operating Engineers Local 324 during a contract dispute.

The lockout was resolved after about three weeks, but the GCRC decided last December to scrap the $1.8 million bridge replacement plan for 2018. Patsy said he now expects the bridge to be completed by May 31. The bridge was closed in November 2017 after inspectors found its deck and support beams were not safe.

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