Brutal winter causes backup of Bangor paving projects

Posted July 15, 2015, at 5:40 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — After a brutal winter delayed dozens of paving projects last year, the city is playing catch-up in its efforts to repair badly worn city streets this year.

In a unanimous vote Monday night, City Council approved 63 paving projects between two contractors. The projects involve 13.68 miles of city streets and 28,740 tons of asphalt.

“I think when we get this year’s paving list done, people are going to notice a pretty drastic improvement in the conditions of the roads,” Public Works Director Dana Wardwell said.

The vote included an order to extend an existing project with Lane Construction Corp. of Bangor for the completion of 26 projects that were not completed in fiscal 2015, which ended June 30.

According to city officials, the early onset of winter forced city crews to concentrate on snow removal instead of preparing the streets for paving, which delayed several of the projects.

Additionally, crews delayed several other fiscal 2015 projects because of planned sewer repairs that had to be completed before paving, according to city officials.

“We normally have a few left over, but this year was exceptional,” Wardwell said.

The delays came after the city dedicated $2 million per year to paving for the past three years, ending in fiscal 2015. This year, the city is dedicating less to paving in order to allow crews time to catch up.

Monday’s vote also awarded a $999,615 contract to B&B Paving Inc. of Hermon to complete the 37 projects that compose the city’s fiscal 2016 paving plan.

Wardwell said he is hopeful city crews and the two companies will be able to complete all projects before the end of the fiscal year June 30.

“It’s an ambitious schedule, for sure,” he said.

According to city officials, B&B and Lane Construction, which placed a bid of $1.02 million for the 2016 paving contract, are agreeable to working on various city projects at the same time.

Money for the 2015 projects was budgeted in the prior year’s budget. City Manager Cathy Conlow said $800,000 of the fiscal 2016 paving plan will come from a bond issue.

The city paving plan does not include state projects. Conlow estimated about $5 million worth of paving would be completed in the Bangor area this year between city and state projects.

The leftover fiscal 2015 projects are as follows:

— Bald Mountain Drive, from Moosehead Avenue to Finson Road

— Bolling Drive, from Ohio Street to Griffin Road

— Bowdoin Street, from West Broadway to Seventh Street

— Bowdoin Street from West Broadway to Vernon Street

— Boyd Street, from York Street to Hancock Street

— Cedar Street, from Sanford Street to Third Street (completed in May)

— Central Street, from bridge to Harlow Street

— Central Street, from stream to Hammond Street (completed in May)

— Columbia Street, from Hammond Street to Union Street

— Dartmouth Street, from Juniper Street to Mount Hope Avenue

— Downeast Circle, all

— Essex Street, from Fox Hollow to Church Road

— Essex Street, from Fox Hollow to new pavement

— Essex Street widening

— Fern Street, from Stillwater Avenue to Mount Hope Avenue

— Harlow Street, from Central Street to Franklin Street

— Harlow Street, from Franklin Street to Cumberland Street

— Jowett Street, from Falvey Street to Naylor Street

— Mitchell Street, from Griffin Road to Langley Street

— Mount Hope Avenue, from Forest Avenue to Grove Street

— Mount Hope Avenue, from stream to State Street

— Pier Street, from Seventh Street to Fifth Street

— Sanford Street, from Cedar Street to Warren Street (completed in May)

— Third Street, from Union Street to Warren Street

— Warren Street, from Third Street to Second Street

— West Broadway, from Savage Street to Hammond Street

The fiscal 2016 projects are as follows:

— Abbott Lane, from Ohio Street to end

— Bangor Mall Boulevard, from Hogan Road to traffic light

— Bellevue Avenue, from Garland Street to State Street

— Birch Street, from Howard Street to Fern Street

— Cedar Street, from West Broadway to Hammond Street

— Center Street, from Montgomery Street to Cumberland Street

— Curve Street, from Harlow Street to Market Street

— Davis Road, from Ohio Street to Downeast Circle

— French Street, from Somerset Street to State Street

— Forest Park, from Somerset Street to State Street

— Larkin Street, from Sixth Street to Seventh Street

— Kenduskeag Avenue, from Montgomery Street to Interstate 95

— Lincoln Street, from Seventh Street to West Broadway

— Maine Avenue, from Hammond Street to roundabout

— Mecaw Road, from Perry Road to cityline

— Mount Hope Avenue, from Saratoga Avenue to Hogan Road

— North Park Street, from French Street to Broadway

— Ohio Street, from James Street to Hammond Street

— Park Street, from Harlow Street to Somerset Street

— Parkview Avenue, from Mount Hope Avenue to dead end

— Penobscot Street, from Broadway to Essex Street

— Penobscot Street, from Broadway to Park Street

— Perkins Street, from 14th Street to Hammond Street

— Perry Road to Odlin Road to Mecaw Road

— Plaisted Street, from Hammond Street to Hersey Street

— Pond Street, from Union Street to Cedar Street

— Saratoga Avenue, from 91 Saratoga Avenue to dead end

— Savage Street, from West Broadway to Seventh Street

— Savage Street, from West Broadway to Webster Avenue

— Summit Avenue, from Garland Street to State Street

— Target Industrial Circle, from north entrance to corner

— Thornton Road, from dead end to Naylor Street

— Vine Street, from Fifth Street to Third Street

— Westwood Road, all

— Wing Street, from West Broadway to Seventh Street

— Winter Street, from Ohio Street to end

— Woodland Road, from new pavement to Westwood Road

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