BY JEFF GREENBERG
Following up on last year’s Mansionhill Drive paving success, the city of Ballwin has agreed to allocate substantial funds from its current budget for the continued overhaul of Sweetwood Court and Lane.
At the Sept. 9 Board of Aldermen meeting, Director of Public Works Jim Link proposed the continuation of work by M & H Concrete Contractors, Inc. On April 12, the St. Peters-based company offered the lowest bid [$550,443.60] among four companies.
Link explained the need to seek a long-term solution for Sweetwood. He explained that once you mill off the asphalt overlay, underneath can be dust, broken rock and basically a lot of base failure. So it is imperative to pave on top of a good base.
Link also said that spending the money, which already includes $35,000 budgeted in house, is by far the best solution.
“If we would have patched Sweetwood, we might get 2-3 years. Doing it the way we proposed, we should get 20-25 years, and then a mill and overlay becomes cheaper with this design.”
There is also a $70,000 cost to do the curb and gutter line for Sweetwood. That includes concrete, tear out, backfill and labor. Overall, Ballwin staff proposed spending a bit more for the entire project – not to exceed $700,000.
“When you mill it, you don’t know what’s under it,” agreed City Administrator Bob Kuntz. “So we have to amend the existing contract to get it done right.”
Link emphasized the immediacy of the situation since the contractor is almost done with the original contract.
“They move very quickly,” he said.