Road maintenance on track for Hampton
An award of contracts totaling $1,001,792 was approved for the 2019 Road Resurfacing Program at the April 24 Hampton Township Council meeting.
These roads are part of the new 10-year pavement maintenance plan implemented for Hampton Township’s 2019 budget that was approved last December.
There were four contracts with three awarded to Shields Asphalt Paving and one to Youngblood Paving Inc., both local, according to Kevin Flannery, incoming director of community services for Hampton Township.
Of the three contracts awarded to Shields, the first includes work on Arizona, California, Linwood, and Ohio Drives, as well as Clareville, Greenfield, and Kilbert Roads at a cost of $527,387.40.
The second will include Amleth, Lucy, Meadowcrest and Summit Drives, and McIntyre Avenue at an amount of $288,218.20.
The third contract awarded to Shields includes Degenhardt and Lakewood Roads as well as Talley Cavey Circle at $99,481.80.
A fourth contract was awarded to Youngblood Paving involving double seal coat and fog seal for the following: Drake Court, Mallard Court, N. Pioneer Road, W. McNeal Road and North Hampton Volunteer Fire Department Main and Sub station lots. This last contract came in at $94,687.90.
North Hampton VFD will reimburse the township $33,982.40, according to Flannery.
There were more township roads in the original bid advertised last month, but of all the four total estimates Hampton received, the total cost of the lowest bids this year was $1,350,000, or $350,000 more than what they target in the budget for road maintenance, per Hampton Township Manager Christopher Lochner.
Flannery said they chose to remove certain roads to stay within what the township budgeted goals.
Specifically, Lochner said to reduce it to the $1 million budget figure they removed Community Park Road and parking areas, thus reducing costs by $204,000; Oakhill Road, reducing costs to $133,000; as well as Prince Phillip and Bronwyn Court, at a reduction of $37,328.
“Prince Phillip, Bronwyn Court and Oakhill will lead off next year’s program assuming no significant damages to other township roadways that is not anticipated,” said Lochner.
Flannery expects work to begin in June.
Lochner said they would “ideally” like to have this year’s road resurfacing work done by August or September, which would include the milling and asphalt resurfacing as well as seal coating of certain township roadways.
Flannery said a more specific timeline will be available this month.
The target budget for the 10-year capital roads maintenance program is an estimated $1 million per year, according to Lochner. The idea behind the program is to put all roads on a rotating maintenance program that will address each township road approximately every 10 to 15 years.
In order to help fund this program, council approved an increase in capital improvement millage rates for the current budget last December.
Taxes were increased by 0.4275 mills or $42.75 on every $100,000 assessed real estate property value.
Those living in Hampton Township can find out when their road will be next on the paving list per the program.
“Residents can call at their convenience and as we update the program each year,” Lochner said.
Flannery said he is anticipating presenting the next five years of roads by July to council.
Gateway Engineers staff, which did a study on Hampton roads last year, said the average life expectancy of a road is approximately 10 to 12 years, according to Hampton Township Council President Mike Peters at a December council meeting.
Flannery is replacing outgoing community services director Alex Zarenko who is retiring after 28 years of service. The township recognized Zarenko at the April 24 meeting with a plaque.