Pothole help is on the way

Relief is on the way for motorists in Warren who have been battling, and dodging, potholes for months.

But it’s going to take some time.

A bid for a massive paving project undertaken in the City of Warren was reviewed by Warren City Council during a special meeting on Tuesday.

Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz told council that bids were opened last Wednesday. Six bids were received and Russell Standard, from Union City, was the low bidder at $814,265.05.

A map presented to council listed all of the areas slated to receive a full re-paving and those that will be “strip patched,” where portions, but not all, of the roadway will be replaced.

Councilman John Lewis asked whether, in this bid, the city is “farming out all pothole patching.”

“We’ll continue to do our cold patch,” Holtz said. “The hot patch is what strip patching is. These pothole patches will be done just like our utility cuts.”

He explained that means three inches of base will be installed with an additional 1.5 inches of top coat asphalt.

Councilman Gregory Fraser asked about potholes that exist right before the entry to roadways that are slated to be paved. He asked whether those would be left until the mill and overlay paving work is complete.

“We’re going to try to help a little bit there,” Holtz said. “That is part of the total mill and overlay. That will get redone.”

Holtz said that the strip patching will “start immediately,” probably this week. The rest of the paving work, he said, could take eight to 10 weeks to be completed.

“We have some work to do” before the paving, Holtz said, referencing raising manholes as well as catch basin work. “We couldn’t have them come tomorrow anyways. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

The bid from Russell Standard was unanimously approved.