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Mokena plans robust road and sidewalk repairs

Road TransportationRenee Kosel

Summer will be spruce-up season in Mokena this year.

Contracts awarded this week for road and sidewalk work exhibited a “re-occurring theme,” according to Village Engineer Paul Pearson.

Village officials planned on increasing the sidewalk and road work this year, but under-budget prices allowed them to plan for even more repairs, Pearson said.

In the case of sidewalk and curb and gutter repair, the $38,900 offer submitted by the low bidder, Davis Concrete Construction of Alsip, offered such a good price, village officials were able to extend the contract to $50,000 and get more work done, he said.

The same company’s low price for patching Wolf Road’s 16-year-old pavement will let the village patch the area between 187th Street and U.S. Highway 30 for $75,000.

The amount of patching on other streets, too, will be increased. The $57,882 price offered by the low bidder, P.T. Ferro of Joliet, was 10 percent cheaper than last year’s bid, so the contract was extended to cover $75,000 worth of work, the engineer said.

A $300,000 state grant received through state Rep. Renee Kosel, R-New Lenox, and a low bid from Ferro put the village in a position to more than double the amount of street maintenance from 2.3 miles done over the last five years to 4.8 miles this year, Pearson said. The company bid $734,670 and the village was able to extend the contract by another $142,500.

The half-a-percent sales tax approved by voters a number of years ago to fund road work also helped, Pearson said. “We’re on our way to keeping our streets up,” he said.

Staying on top of road repairs prevents getting into a situation where roads have to be completely rebuilt, Mayor Joe Werner said.

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