BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Cracks in the pavement on New Baden concrete streets will be sealed this spring at a cost of under $25,000. The money to pay for this work will come from the village Motor Fuel Tax fund. This fund can be used only for maintenance projects like this.
There are three different prices for the sealing work depending on the type of cracks needing attention. Rooters Asphalt of Beckemeyer provided three different prices depending on how severe the cracks are what is needed to repair them. Those prices go from 50 cents to $1.50 per foot.
The village engineer explained all this to the board of trustees. He said because the price was less than $25,000 there was no requirement to go out for bids or to even prepare specs for this work.
It will be when the weather gets warmer that the work can begin. It cannot be done when the temperature goes below freezing or during damp weather.
Trustee Randy Linthicum said the original price quoted was 50 cents per linear foot and there was no mention of any of the work being 1.10 or 1.50 when this first came up.
The engineer said the different types of cracks will need different types of repair work. This will be good for 8 to 10 years or more. There are also different types of rock that has been used which means different fix approaches. By doing all this, what will be avoided is having the surface peel off from traffic or snow plows running over it. He also said no one has gone out to find and look at each separate crack that needs to be sealed. This will come later when the work begins.
This is the proper way to do this according to the engineer, rather than taking a “band aid” approach. Because more work is needed on some of the cracks, that is what would make the per foot cost to be higher.
The village administrator said the original price quote was simply to fill every crack in the streets whether it needed it or not. The public works crew looked at some streets and made an assessment. This resulted in some areas being considered as higher priority, more in need of repair.