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Paving incomplete as winter curtails work on Unity sewer project

Jeff Himler
| Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

Unity Township likely will have to wait until spring for complete restoration of several roads that were excavated for a major storm sewer installation project.

Township engineer Dan Schmitt said this week that a contractor working on the project laid a leveling course of asphalt on all roads that were torn up but didn't complete an additional top course before work was halted by cold weather.

Locations where the top course is incomplete include Phillips Road, near Pleasant Unity, two roads in Lawson Heights and several others in Edgewater Terrace — roads that collectively serve about 150 homes, Schmitt said,

Schmitt said a subcontractor was called in for the paving portion of the project, but he said general contractor Kukurin Contracting of Washington Township will be held responsible for any damage to exposed infrastructure or water runoff problems that occur during the winter.

Bill Kukurin Sr., company president, did not return a call seeking comment.

Schmitt said the contractor would try to place “asphalt transitions” around portions of storm inlets that were “sticking up a little bit” above the leveling course. On snow-covered roads, township plow operators can't always see the inlets, he said.

The township can't control when a contractor progresses through various phases of such projects, but it did advise the company to have paving completed before winter weather set in, Schmitt said.

Paving began in the last few days of November and continued into the first week of December.

Regarding the timing of the work and the weather, Schmitt said, “The contractor rolled the dice, and he lost.”

Township supervisors agreed to pay Kukurin $633,166 for work it has completed toward its $888,888 contract and Layne Inliner of Hilliard, Ohio, $167,024 for its work to shore up aging storm pipes by inserting liners.

The township increased Layne's $388,300 contract total by $7,345 to cover excavation of sections of pipe that could not be lined because of internal obstructions.

Schmitt said the extra work is within budget limits for the project, which is being funded with a state PennVest grant of up to $2 million.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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