POTTSTOWN PA – Bids to repair, mill and re-pave substantial portions of parking lots at Pottsgrove Middle and Lower Pottsgrove Elementary schools will be sought now while administrators say they have a better chance of signing contractors at potentially lower costs, even though the work won’t get under way until mid-summer.
Pottsgrove School District directors agreed Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2016) to let bid requests be sent in an “ala carte” fashion, so they could pick and choose which paving projects they find appealing … or not. The total cost is anticipated to be about $450,000, district Director of Facilities and Physical Plants Jeffrey Cardwell estimated.
Cardwell told the school board that asphalt paving at the Middle School on North Hanover Street had already significantly exceeded its 10-year life expectancy, and now posed hazards to vehicles and pedestrians. Conditions at the Lower Pottsgrove lots on Buchert Road were similar and also deteriorating, he said.
“The already damaged areas are only getting worse” with the just-ended winter storm, he added.
Experts who Cardwell consulted said the cost of a temporary fix at the middle school, expected to last no longer than a year, were priced at $166,000. By comparison, the estimate to overhaul lots at both schools seemed almost a bargain, he suggested.
District Business Administrator David Nester urged sending the bids out early, ahead of competing projects, so Pottsgrove might find preferred pricing among contractors who had fewer jobs lined up for coming months. The work is being planned for July or August, when school is not in session and the immediate area surrounding the buildings has little or no traffic.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Jan. 26 meeting):