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posted: 3/14/2013 4:24 PM

Bartlett on right road with street resurfacing

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Bartlett's three-year street resurfacing project is going down the right road.

Bids for 2013 -- the second year of work -- recently came in about $494,000 less than anticipated, at a little more than $5 million.

Plote Construction Inc. submitted the low bid and will do spot repair of curbs and gutters, pavement patching, milling and asphalt resurfacing on about 32 miles of road.

Bids also came in below estimate last year, resulting in about 18 miles of road getting done for about $3 million.

Because of the low bids, the village went from thinking it would get about 40 miles of roads done for $12 million over the three years to the possibly getting 75 miles done at the same cost, if bids come in low again next year.

"It's just fantastic," said Public Works Director Paul Kuester, adding that when the project is finished more than half of the village's 141 miles of road will be resurfaced.

Bartlett Village President Michael Airdo commended Kuester and the public works department for gaining the interest of Plote for a second year, as they won last year's bid too.

"That ability to interact with our vendors is certainly a benefit to the entire community," he said.

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