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Jokerst get bid for Highley Lane

DESLOGE – The Desloge Board of Alderman awarded a contract for reconstruction of Highley Lane to Jokerst Construction.

City Administrator Eric Wiederhold said the contract was awarded during a special meeting held Monday night.

Jokerst Construction had the low bid with $599,662. Other bidders were Dura Seal Paving Contractor with a $672,000 bid and Lappe Cement Finishing Inc. with a $631,000 bid.

The project is going to be financed through Tax Increment Financing.

Wiederhold hopes work will begin within the next two to four weeks. The project is expected to take about three months.

The project will include a new road connecting Highley Lane to Desloge Drive between two vacant lots and the apartments. Wiederhold said it will provide some traffic relief to residents living in that area near the Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

John Kostyshock, of Metropolitan Engineering and Surveying, had said Highley Lane is a substandard street with varying width of asphalt measuring from 18 to 22 feet, the edges of the pavement are cracked and the surface is bouncy. The subsurface of the road also varies with base thickness measuring no more than two inches in depth with varying thickness of asphalt.

According to city officials, proposed reconstruction will include the appropriate base to support a new asphalt surface, sufficient room for two 12-foot traffic lanes to provide for the safe movement of opposing traffic both east and west. Desloge has also proposed stormwater improvements to include curbs and storm drains.

Wiederhold said with the proposed plan there are few properties that would be affected.

In other matters, the board approved an insurance claim/settlement in the amount of $11,900 for a police cruiser that was damaged in a traffic accident two weeks ago.

The board also approved an application submitted by J & L Sales to sell fireworks. Another application submitted by K & J Fireworks was tabled due to insufficient information.

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