Stone up, concrete down for projects

While specific project plans are still being discussed for 2012, Auglaize County Engineer’s Office administrators know what kind of prices they are looking at for stone and concrete materials to complete some of the projects.

Bids for the rock and gravel aggregate recently were received by the Engineer’s Office and the two products are to be used as needed throughout the year. All bids were accepted and a company will be selected for each project to the best advantage of the county.

“We accept all bids due to the fact, if our job site is nearby a quarry, paying an extra 15 cents per ton for a short haul distance is much more cost effective than putting extra trucks and labor to a job because the quarry with the low bid was 15 miles away,” Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said. “Also by the fact that diesel fuel is now approaching $4 a gallon, added fuel costs due to a long haul can easily outweigh a 15 cent per ton difference in the aggregate.”

Submitting bids for rock and gravel were Con-Ag, of St. Marys, Duff Quarry, of Huntsville, National Lime and Stone Company, of Wapakoneta, and Spring Creek Corporation, of Minster.

Reinhart said aggregate bids somewhat stabilized with approximately a 15 cent per ton increase from last year.

Spring Creek Concrete also submitted a bid for transit mix concrete, as did Ohio Ready Mix, of Huntsville, and Quality Ready Mix, of St. Marys.

“With 2012 income being below that of 2006, even with a mild winter, we will see our sealing program increase because of the number of miles that need attention,” Reinhart said.

He anticipated the sealing program using more than 3,000 tons of stone.

“Overall though, total tonnage of stone to be purchased will be down due to the fact we used less sand for our snow and ice control and I’m now using milled asphalt grindings versus stone on roadway projects whenever possible,” Reinhart said.

The Engineer’s Office has less than $2 per ton in grindings versus $6.50 per ton for stone to be used for base material.

Reinhart said even with the leveling off of prices this year, since 2006, the price of stone at the quarry has increased 75 percent.

“Any dollars saved from the mild winter will be rolled into the resurfacing program, which is contracted,” Reinhart said. “I will determine that program in mid-or late April when the winter costs have been completed and I drive the 350-mile system to prioritize the paving and seal programs.”

The cost per cubic yard delivered dropped by $2 for concrete, but there are fuel surcharges that may potentially bring that number back up to the 2011 level.

Reinhart anticipated purchasing a total of approximately 400 cubic yards of concrete this year for the bridge/culvert program. He hoped to have that planned by the end of the month.