Austin officials and Scott County Commissioners have already advertised for paving bids, spurred by approaching fall weather and the desire to get some paving done in 2016.
The City of Austin received $150,000 for paving through the Community Crossings grant program of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Scott County received $1 million as did the City of Scottsburg. Each of these entities matched those dollars, as required by the grant program, so Austin has $300,000 to address its streets, many of which haven't had new blacktop applied for 15 to 20 years.
Austin's match came from its Rainy Day Fund and a $100,000 contribution from the Scott County Council. The Council also provided $100,000 to the City of Scottsburg. Those chunks of money were taken from the Hospital Reserve Fund, the dollars received by the county after the sale of Scott Memorial Hospital four years ago.
The Hospital Reserve Fund also provided the money for the county's match.
With all those dollars, Commissioners have a larger number of roads they'd like to address. That bid opening is scheduled at the Courthouse in Suite 128 at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 17.
In no particular order, the roads on their list are Bloomington Trail, Finley Firehouse, Taylor, Little York, West Lake, Kinderhook, Concord, Goodwin, Swan, Charlestown, Smith, Pleasant Ridge, Frontage, Harrod, Marshfield, Slab, Napper, Sunnyside and Oard Spring.
Unfortunately, the Commissioners' hopes to get bids early enough to start paving in early October hit a big snag at their meetings on September 21 and 26.
Every bid submitted by E&B Paving, Dave O'Mara, Temple and Temple and Wingham were over the estimates figured. In total, the overage was roughly $159,000.
After another meeting with bidders on September 26, all bids were rejected and Commissioners re-advertised.
In Austin, bids are being accepted right up to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, at City Hall. Then, Mayor Dillo Bush and members of the Board of Works and Public Safety will open them.
“We are really excited about getting our streets upgraded. It's been a long time,” noted Mayor Bush.
Bidders are being asked to provide quotes on two lists of streets. Base bids will be taken on South First Street, Church Street, Mann Avenue, Rural Street, Broadway Street, Cross Street and York Road. Alternate bids will be requested for Thomastown Road, Mac Drive, Hollan Drive, Union Drive, South Third Street, South Fourth Street, Cherry Street and Plum Street.
Scottsburg's bids were advertised on Saturday, October 8. Those submitted will be opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, at City Hall.
Specs call for milling and resurfacing with two inches of blacktop on Carla Lane, Frame Street and Cedar Street. Quotes are also sought for two inches of blacktop and patching on Wilson, Weir and North Lake Roads and additional work and paving on Community Way and North Lynhurst Street.
All bid openings are open to the public.