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5 Nanticoke streets set to get smoother

Council unanimously picks Slusser Brothers to handle paving project with a total bid of $453,756.98.

NANTICOKE – Roads in Nanticoke aren’t the greatest. In fact many times drivers find themselves dodging potholes as they travel through town.

But before the end of the summer the city will start paving portions of five streets in town using two years worth of Community Development Block Grant funding from the state.

The streets being paved are West Ridge Street from Market to Hanover streets, West Noble Street from Hanover to Fairchild streets, Maple Street from Broad to Green streets, Slope Street from Main to Hill streets and Nanticoke Street from North Market to Main street.

Council members voted unanimously to accept a total bid of $453,756.98 from Slusser Brothers based on a recommendation from the city’s engineer, Daryl Pawlush of Pasonick Engineering.

“It was a very competitive bidding process. It is our professional opinion that the city got a very, very good bid from Slusser Brothers,” Pawlush said.

Slusser Brothers’ bid beat out three other contracting firms, including Pike’s Creek bid of $455,549, American Asphalt’s bid of $463,327.82 and Barletta Materials’ bid of $ 469,503.90.

The city requested one bid from paving contractors for all the work, but each contractor broke down their bids, giving separate estimates for the work designated for 2006 and 2007 grant programs.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development only recently released the funding to the city for the 2006 and 2007 programs after the city completed some administrative requirements, City Administrator Kenneth Johnson said.

Pike’s Creek submitted a lower bid for the 2007 project, but when combined with its bid for the 2006 work, the total bid was higher than Slusser Brothers.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development recommended the city not break the work into two separate projects, Johnson said.

“If you were to split them apart the city would save less than $4,000 total and yet we would probably incur a lot more administrative headaches. We are certainly within our rights to combine two years into one,” he said.

Construction should begin in late July or early August after the city coordinates the work with the contractor, Johnson said.

“They’ll want to go to work quickly. Everybody needs the work,” he said.

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