Road cracks to be repaired in a third more Franklin County roads in 2014

Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 19, 2014 

Franklin County will be able to repair cracks in about a third more roads this year than it has in the past by contracting out the work, officials said Wednesday.

County commissioners voted 3-0 to award a $151,638 contract to Stripe Rite Inc. of Kennewick.

The contractor will seal 69.6 miles of the county's 1,000 miles of paved roads, county engineer Matt Rasmussen said. That's 22 miles more than the county would have been able to afford had it done the job in-house, which it has done in past years.

"Hopefully, this will get us ahead for next year," he said.

Workers seal the roads by putting a bond of flexible asphalt over cracks, Rasmussen said.

"It is sealing the cracks to keep anything wet out," he said.

Stripe Rite had the lowest of the four bids that commissioners opened at their Feb. 12 meeting. Public works staff reviewed the bids before the vote.

Also Wednesday:

-- Commissioners approved a request for Heart-N-Home Daycare to open at 7208 W. Argent Road.

-- Commissioners approved the purchase of a cooling tower for the heating and air conditioning system at the expanded criminal justice building for $80,853 from Bruce Inc.

-- Officials announced that weight restrictions had been lifted on roads in the northern part of the county. Large trucks had been prohibited from using the roads due to melting snow saturating the soil.

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543;; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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