Sealing the deal: Bids for road sealing materials increase

Bids for bituminous materials used for the county’s sealing program came in approximately 20 percent higher than last year.

Bids for RS2P, a polymer modified liquid asphalt and stone used for full and strip sealing, came in at $1.96 per gallon from low bidder Asphalt Technologies, of Edison, and ranged up to $2.27 for the high bid from Terry Asphalt Materials, of Hamilton. Other bidders included Asphalt Materials, of Oregon, and K-Tech Speciality Coatings, of Ashley, Ind.

Those prices ranged from a low bid of $1.79 and a high bid of $2.11 in 2011.

“It’s up about 17 cents, not quite 20 percent,” Auglaize County Engineer’s Office Chief Deputy Engineer Gary Kuck said. “They are all good companies and we have purchased from them all.”

He said they accept all the bids and use one from the low bidder unless they can’t supply the materials needed, then the county has the ability to go with the other companies’ bids.

“We’re in the process of finalizing what roads will be full sealed versus which will be strip sealed,” Kuck said.

Before the paving and sealing season gets underway county Engineer Doug Reinhart drives all the county’s roads to decide where priorities need to lie — which roads need attention immediately and whether they need to be repaved, strip or full sealed.

“He sorts through the list to decide what needs done now and what can be held off until next year,” Kuck said. “We look at the edges. It all depends on the road. A lot of times the edges or outside cracks up and breaks down more than the center.”

Kuck said in those cases, roads can be strip sealed, during which a 4 1/2-foot strip is left down the sides of the roads to keep the edges built up, while full sealing, covers the entire road from edge to edge.

Kuck anticipated the county strip sealing approximately 17 miles of roadway and full sealing 20 miles this year.

“Sealing keeps the water out and fills in the cracks,” Kuck said for it’s usefulness in extending the life of pavement. “It is something we will continue to do because of the economy.”

If the county completes what is proposed, they are expecting to spend $290,000 on their strip sealing program this year.

Kuck said it costs $4,700 to strip seal a mile or $10,400 to full seal a mile, compared to the $60,000 to $65,000 it would cost to repave a mile.

“We could full seal six miles for the price it would cost to repave one,” Kuck said.

Full sealing is expected to extend the life of a road for 3- to 5- years.

Seal work is expected to be done beginning in July to a variety of areas in the county.