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Teltow wins $420,000 contract to rebuild portion of Cuttle Road in Marysville

Cuttle Road as it flows west, approaching Shamrock Lane. The road will be rebuilt from about Shamrock east to Paul's Court. / Photo by Jim Bloch

By Jim Bloch

The Casco Township firm Teltow Contracting has won the $420,661 contract to rebuild Cuttle Road west of M-29 from roughly Paul’s Court to Shamrock Lane.

The Marysville City Council unanimously approved the contract award at its regular meeting March 22; council member Dave Barber was absent.

“On March 1at 10 a.m., sealed bids were opened and read aloud for the reconstruction of a section of Cuttle Road from approximately 450 feet west of Shamrock Lane to approximately 150 feet west of Paul’s Court,” said Brad S. Moore, project engineer with BMJ Engineers & Surveyors, of Port Huron, in a letter to Randy Fernandez, city manager, dated March 17.

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The company was the lowest of seven bidders.

Raymond Excavating Company submitted the second lowest bid at $454,685. Murray Underground Systems finished third at $457,006; Boddy Construction Company was fourth at $459,795; M.L. Chartier Excavating was fifth at $469,409; T.G. Priehs came in sixth at $473,661; Asphalt Services, Inc. was high at $523,172.

BMJ estimated the job at $512,768. Teltow’s low bid was 18 percent below the estimate.

“So it came in at a very reasonable price,” said Barry Kreiner, director of the Marysville Department of Public Works, as heard on the recording of the meeting posted on the city’s website.

“Seventy-four percent of the this project or $311,289 is funded by a Michigan Department of Transportation Fund Category F Grant,” said Moore. “Local funds will be required for the balance as matching funds, as per the state/local agreement.”

MDOT oversaw the bidding process for the job.

A small creek runs beneath the road and has created a soft spot in the driving surface.

“It’s the really soft area that’s going to be the major portion of the work,” said Kreiner. “They have to dig down and put in a new culvert. Other than that, it’s a tear-out and put-back-in of what’re there.”

BMJ has worked with Teltow on past projects and recommended them for the contract award. Kreiner said the city worked with the firm about 15 years ago.

“What are we going to do to re-route trucks?” asked Mayor Wayne Pyden.

“The other major truck route is Davis Road,” said Kreiner.

“We’re not putting anybody onto 18th Street?” asked Pyden.

“No,” said Kreiner, adding that the DPW would post No Truck signs on the street.

“How soon before they can start?” asked council member Paul Wessel.

“This is most likely going to be a late summer project,” said Kreiner.

How long will it take? asked Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hayman.

“It’s probably a seven-week project,” said Kreiner.

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