he City of Platte City has slightly altered its plan to mill and overlay the streets in the Tudor Flats subdivision, due to significant challenges perpetuated by the coronavirus.
The $229,663.80 road project, referred to as the 2020 Transportation Capital Project, calls for a full mill and overlay of asphalt in the Tudor Flats subdivision.
Originally, city crews were going to handle the base repair and concrete curb replacement aspects of the project. But like many plans this year, COVID-19 seriously affected the city’s ability to conduct that portion of work in-house.
“The need to reschedule the city wide clean-up event for late June has made it impossible for the public works crew to complete the base repair and concrete curb replacement before Barkley Asphalt is scheduled to mill and overlay the streets in the Tudor Flats subdivision,” wrote City Administrator D.J. Gehrt in a staff report.
The city considered three options: moving forward with the mill and overlay without completing the base repair or curb replacement, postponing the asphalt mill and overlay to a later time or approve a change order and allow Barkley Asphalt to make the base repair and curb replacement.
The city logically ruled out the option to move forward with the mill and overlay without making the necessary base repairs or curb replacement.
“The city street maintenance program is currently funded at a level that allows for a full mill and overlay once every 35 years. Base repair and curb replacement are important factors in maximizing the long-term quality of the overlay program. Selecting not to include base repair and curb replacement will greatly reduce the lifespan of the asphalt street replacement,” wrote Gehrt.
The city also ruled out the option of postponing the asphalt mill and overlay until city crews could complete their portion of the work, citing prolonged traffic disruptions in the subdivision and potential scheduling issues with the contractor that could place the city at the back of Barkley Asphalt’s work schedule.
On Tuesday, the board of aldermen approved a $25,000 change order to have Barkley Asphalt handle the base repair and curb replacement work instead of using city labor.
“The change order amends the scope of work to repair 875 square feet of street base and to replace 400 linear feet of concrete curb,” wrote Gehrt.