The Old Lycoming Township supervisors held a special meeting Thursday morning to open several bids for local road maintenance.
Hammaker East Limited will be awarded a contract for fiber mat and seal coating. It will install 23,345 square yards of roadway at a cost of $76,601. Hammaker also was awarded a contract for 33,023 square yards of single-layer seal coating at a cost of $38,967.
Midland Asphalt will fill and seal cracks in the roadway, using about 1,200 gallons of sealing material, at a cost of $15,420.
All contracts have been awarded with the stipulation that contractors meet state guidelines and conditions set by the township. The work must meet the regulations set by the state Department of Transportation, which has determined that the repairs must be completed by July 31.
"It's going to be tricky, dividing that project up between two different companies," said Chairman John W. Eck.
"We'll have to coordinate those contractors schedules to make sure the repairs are done in time," he added.
Township Manager Robert Witford agreed that scheduling might pose a problem. The cracks in the roadway must be filled in before the rest of the road can be sealed. Sealing a roadway is a preventive measure because it only protects the road from future damage - sealing won't fix problems lower in the pavement.
"The crack sealing has to be completed by Aug. 15, so that the rest of the work can continue," said township Manager Robert Whitford.
"All the repairs need to be done by Sept. 15, in order to be in compliance with with PennDOT," he added.
The other supervisors agreed that scheduling might be an issue, but ultimately decided it was best to award the contract to the lowest bidder, even if it meant sacrificing convenience.