Construction along another major Mentor corridor is anticipated to begin next month.

City Council recently approved awarding contracts related to resurfacing Route 615 between the Bellflower Road/Market Street intersection and Munson Road.

Chagrin Valley Paving of Chagrin Falls won the bid out of five companies with a projected cost of $737,023. The high bid was $836,680 and the engineer’s estimate was $815,000.

Work providing an asphalt overlay on the four-lane road is expected to commence in early September. The scheduled completion date is Oct. 16.

About $452,500 of the construction cost will be covered by federal funds through the Ohio Department of Transportation Urban Paving Program.

“I know there has been a lot of attention paid to this in recent years and we’ve tried to get this bumped up on the list, which, I believe, our engineering department was successful in doing,” City Manager Ken Filipiak said. “It was originally proposed for a later year, but we’re really happy to see this go forward.”

The average daily traffic is about 13,500 vehicles along the stretch, which runs past the high school and Civic Center complex.

Single-lane closures will be used throughout the project with two-way traffic being maintained.

“With a minimum of four lanes along the project limits, delays are not expected to be significant,” Mentor Engineer Dave Swiger said.

This section of Route 615 last was resurfaced about 20 years ago during a widening project from three lanes to four, he said.

As a condition of using federal funding for construction engineering/management services, the city was required to follow a qualification-based selection process for a consultant. This involved advertising on the ODOT website for these services.

The city received four responses. Based upon the Consultant Selection Rating Form provided by ODOT, Quality Control Inspection, Inc. of Bedford ranked highest.

The ranking took into account the firm’s project manager, the strength and experience of assigned staff, the firm’s current workload, the consultant’s past performance and the project approach.

The total estimated fee submitted by the company for construction management services is about $67,128.

Roughly $46,300 of the construction engineering/inspection cost will be covered by federal funds through the ODOT Urban Paving Program.

“Quality Control Inspection, Inc. possesses the proper experience and qualifications necessary to perform the construction engineering services necessary for a successful project,” Swiger said.

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