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The City of Baker approved a nearly half-million dollar bid to a local firm for street paving at its May 19 City Council meeting.

The approved bid was by Wyrick Construction of Baker. “We did reach out to Jason Wyrick to ask him a few questions,” city engineer Shannon Hewson of Brosz Engineering told the council. The $499,823 bid was broken into two sections. Schedule 1 (asphalt) was for $399,095. Schedule 2 (concrete) was for $100,728.

“We did receive three bids – two were for the asphalt street paving, three were for the concrete street paving,” the engineer said.

Hewson also said that the city will do testing of the material coming in, but also take a sample when the company is getting ready to fill. “We are going to have to have a test strip inside one of our streets. I though that was pretty good of him on his part. It made me feel a lot more comfortable.”

Hewson also said that samples of the mix will be taken to a Dickinson firm. “That way, if it is good, we can go with it. If it is not, we can make a correction.”

Next, Wyrick Construction needs to sign the contract with the city, then the company and the city will meet for a pre-construction discussion, according to Kevin Dukart.

The expected time frame for the paving project is from the beginning of July into September.

The council unanimously voted to accept the Wyrick bid.

According to the mayor, the city is also looking at a chip-seal process re-occurring every five to six years. “This is the first leg because we also have to do the overall chip-sealing. All that has to be worked into a plan and worked into the funding. We know that it has to be done.”

The mayor added that the city crews will also be going around patching the potholes.

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