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The Cole County Commission has approved contracts for three yearly road programs.

The contract for the asphalt overlay program was awarded to Higgins Asphalt Paving Co., which submitted the low bid of $599,972.94. The estimate on the project had been $670,577.50.

Scheduled for overlays this year are: Big Meadows Road, Helias Spur and Old Lohman Road. Public Works Director Eric Landwehr said they included a part of Old Lohman that is inside the city limits of Jefferson City. The city will reimburse the county for its portion, which is estimated at $26,275.60.

Landwehr estimated the work would begin: July 1 for Helias Spur; July 15 for Big Meadows Road and Aug. 1 for Old Lohman Road.

The contract calls for the work on all the roads to be completed by Sept. 17, but Landwehr said they expect the contractor to be done sooner than the completion date if they start close to the early start dates.

A contract for the annual chip seal program was awarded to Missouri Petroleum Products Co., which submitted the low bid of $265,540.49. The estimate for the project had been $316,898.48.

The roads involved are Old Stage, West Railroad, Pea Ridge, Branch, St. Michaels and Algoa roads. The work includes a section of Algoa inside the Jefferson City limits. The city will reimburse the county its portion, which is estimated at $28,811.17.

Work is expected to start around July 1, and the work on all of the roads is to be done by Sept. 3.

Landwehr said pavements that are structurally sound can be improved by a chip seal rather than a traditional overlay. That extends the amount of road work the county can do with its funds. Chip seal work is geared more toward rural roads. Most residential streets with curbs and gutters will get the traditional overlay.

A pavement preservation seal program contract was awarded to Corrective Asphalt Materials, which had the low bid of $129,213.08

Landwehr said this is a cooperative procurement contract in which the county piggybacks off the city of Moberly's bid. A rejuvenating penetrating seal is placed on all roads that either had overlays or new pavements the previous year.

The roads involved in this project are Charleston Place subdivisions streets off Rainbow Drive, Highland Waye subdivision streets off Tanner Bridge and Scrivner, Blackburn, Mount Hope, Waterford and West Lohman roads.

Work is tentatively scheduled to start May 17 and is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.

This is the first year of the county's pavement management program, which compiles historical data on road pavement in the county and rates each pavement using national standards. The purpose of the program is to manage the condition of road pavement in the county by "making strategic decisions to keep our pavements in good condition and make the best use of funding," Landwehr said.

He told commissioners his crews will be able to devote an additional $500,000 per year to the pavement program since voters approved a five-year extension of the capital improvements sales tax in April.

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