After waiting at the starting line for weeks, it looks like the last of the city’s three major road improvement projects has been given the green light to get going.

On Monday, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen finally were able to approve an ordinance that authorizes Mayor Ron Blum to sign a contract with Lamke Trenching & Excavating in the amount of $1.425 million for the Springfield Road reconstruction project. City officials had hoped the project would start in May, but a delay in the letter of concurrence from the Missouri Department of Transportation kept the construction from getting under way.

“This is the project we’ve been waiting for,” Blum said in explaining the ordinance to board members.

The ordinance quickly and unanimously was approved by the aldermen.

Lamke’s was determined to be the lowest and best bid of the six opened by the city on May 16. A letter from Kenny Voss, MoDOT local program administrator, agreed.

The project will overhaul the street on both sides of Highway 30. The east part of the road is scheduled to be resurfaced from Main Street to Highway 30 while the sidewalks on both sides will be upgraded and new water and relined sewer lines installed. From the city limits to Highway 30 on the west side, a heavier resurfacing will take place and a new sidewalk will be put in on one side with new water and relined sewer lines running the entire length.

The project includes some cost sharing with MoDOT picking up about $900,000 of the tab and the county chipping in $44,000. The water and sewer line portion of the project is separate and will run an additional $635,000. Ten-inch mains will replace the current 6-inch water lines.

Sewer lines will be checked and relined or replaced where necessary.

During its June 18 meeting, the board approved a 10-year Certificate of Participation that will generate $635,000 to help fund the water and sewer lines for the project. City officials opted to carry the note in order to generate the higher-than-expected monies needed for the water and sewer portion of the road project.

City Administrator Rick Childers told The Missourian after Monday’s board meeting that a preconstruction meeting is scheduled for July 10. At that time, the work schedule  will be determined.

“Hopefully, construction will start soon after that,” Childers said.

Other Bids

Also during the July 2 meeting, Blum opened bids regarding a pair of projects.

Two bids each were received for electrical upgrades to the St. Clair Community Center on Park Avenue and for sludge hauling services from the water and sewer plant on Happy Sac Road.

The bids for the electrical upgrades were received from Williams Electric Services of Union and Frontier Electric & Plumbing of St. Louis. They totaled $9,250 and $11,997, respectively.

For the sludge hauling, bids were received from Oros & Busch of Defiance and Merrell Brothers Inc. of Kokomo, Ind. They totaled $16,600 and $20,500, respectively.

Blum said the bids will be reviewed and checked, and a recommendation on both projects will be brought back to the board in the near future.