City paves way for road projects

Published 8:51 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014


The intersection of Silverbrook Road and S. Third Street is one of many intersections or streets tabbed to receive improvements this year. (Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT)

The Niles City Council decided to shop local instead of going with an out-of-city company to complete a couple of road projects this spring/summer.

On Monday, the council approved bids for the projects from NCSC, of Niles, despite the company not turning in the lowest bids for either project.

The lowest bids belonged to Walsh and Kelley, of South Bend, Indiana, which submitted bids of $114,461.45 and $111,109.75 for the two projects.

NSCS, on the other hand, turned in bids of $115,685 and $115,671.75 — a total difference of about $5,700.

Ric Huff, city administrator, said the council wanted to go with the local contractor.

The first project will include pavement resurfacing and other improvements to the following areas:

• Michigan Street from Third Street to Ninth Street

• Sixteenth Street from Oak Street to Sycamore Street

• Regent Street from 15th Street to 16th Street

• Intersection of Silverbrook Road and South Third Street.

It will be paid for with city funds.

The second project will include pavement resurfacing and other improvements to Eagle Street from 14th Street to the east cul-de-sac and 14th Street from Eagle Street to Wayne Street.

It will be paid entirely with a Community Development Block Grant.

Both projects are expected to be finished by the middle of August.

Councilmembers Gretchen Bertschy and Scott Clark were absent from Monday’s meeting.