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Preparing for Spring Repairs

Jason 2   Spring brings with it flowers, showers, potholes and paving jobs.

Box Elder County Road Supervisor Bill Gilson was at the commission table Wednesday to open bids on material to take care of the potholes and paving that comes with warmer weather.     A good portion of the department’s $1.1 million budget goes toward materials such as asphalt oil, chip seal oil and cold mix.

Seeking some of that money were four Idaho Asphalt from Blackfoot, Idaho, Argon Asphalt from Woods Cross, Mountain States Asphalt out of Tooele and ASI from North Salt Lake.

Following a discussion of bids from each company, commissioners asked Gilson to review the submissions and then make a final recommendation on a supplier.

Transporting the oils and material to the county was figured into the bid process by some of the companies but not all.  Gilson said he preferred having the supplier do the hauling, rather than sending a county vehicle to get it and bring it back.

“I would like to see us avoid the liability of hauling it ourselves,” Gilson said.  “I would rather pay freight.”

While some roads will get a nice asphalt overlay this year, including 400 W. in the Copper Hills Subdivison, the Faust Valley Road east of Marble Hills and Rocket Road west of Salt Creek, Gilson said others will just be maintained.

Find out more in this week’s Leader, including the name change of one county road.

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