Dill Road in DeWitt, one of the roads to be repaired.
By Skyler Ashley
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — The Nov. 10 DeWitt City Council meeting saw the approval of a new initiative to make several repairs to local roads over the next five years.
With the help of a Lansing engineering and architecture company, C2AE, DeWitt will create a plan for several improvements by 2016 at a cost not to exceed the amount of $51,290.30.
Some of the targeted streets include Schavey and Panther between Howe and Herbison, among others.
Talking with those involved creates a breakdown about a process many never question — how the yearly repairs that keep a city running are done.
A map of the road repairs.
DeWitt City Administrator, Daniel Coss, explained how it happens.
“They [C2AE] design it and we clear it,” Coss said.
The City Council gives C2AE a rundown of what they need done and C2AE’s engineers create the blueprints, which are later handed off to another contractor who will complete the construction.
“The engineering is completed and then the project is advertised for bidding. Road Construction companies bid on the project and once we have the bids back, City Staff makes a recommendation to council on which construction company should do the work. City Council then awards the project to a construction company. The bidding itself will not happen until January or February 2016.” Coss said.
The project is currently still in the beginning stages of the design process.
Once finished and approved by DeWitt, another bid begins to find a construction company that will bring the blueprints into reality.