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Council chooses contractor for road

A motorist is seen traveling eastbound on a temporary road down North Huntington Heights heading down toward Rockwood Avenue in Chesapeake Tuesday afternoon. Plans are underway to reestablish the road by rebuilding it off to the right of the current road.

CHESAPEAKE — A Belmont contracting firm will handle the repair work for the North Huntington Heights road project.

Chesapeake Village Council awarded the contract to BBR Drilling Co. at its regular Monday night meeting. BBR came in with a bid of $296,350.

The entire project, including engineering costs, inspection fees and contingency, is expected to cost $405,000. The majority of that will be funded from a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission. However to get the grant, the village had to come up with 10 percent in matching funds.

A week ago, the Lawrence County Commissioners agreed to borrow $40,000 from US Bank for 10 years at an interest rate of 4.79 percent. Half of that is to be paid back to the county.

“The county borrowed the money and the village and township will partner to pay the other half,” Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin said.

For the past two years, the village has sought funding for the roadway that leads to a residential area of about 120 houses. Excessive rainfalls caused the slides that have all but eliminated the road.

“We need to rebuild the road,” Gilpin said. “The road has slipped away and we will put up a retaining wall, backfill and resurface it.”

The village received four other bids — Meridian at $434,455; DGM at $378,344; Boone Coleman at $337,958; and Suburban Main & Construction at $361,511.

It’s not known when the project will begin, but it must be completed by November.

“That is the length of time we have the money from the state,” Gilpin said.

Also on the village council’s agenda is correcting a sinkhole at the Symmes Creek boat ramp that occurred after a culvert separated.

“We are working on a solution,” Gilpin said. “We are trying to find the cheapest and easiest way to do this.”