The president of Brechan Enterprises isn’t talking about a new radio station — he’s talking about a new surface for Rezanof Drive, one of the borough’s most traveled streets.
On Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced that a joint bid by Brechan and Anchorage-based Pruhs was the lowest of three submitted to repave Rezanof from Carolyn Street to Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park.
“I think everyone’s going to be very excited, including myself, about getting that road fixed,” Martin said.
Road asphalt is typically made up of two primary ingredients: rock aggregate and some type of binding agent, usually asphalt. Martin said Brechan intends to bring in a special type of hard rock from a quarry near Portland, Ore., for use on Rezanof.
“It’s expensive,” he said, but “we should get some long life out of this.”
Local rock was used the last time Rezanof was paved, and engineers soon found the street rutted easily, requiring the repaving.
Brechan and Pruhs have also teamed up to repave the runways at Kodiak State Airport, and Martin said equipment brought in for that project can be used on Rezanof. That fact allowed the two companies to turn in a cheaper bid than larger national paving companies.
“We saved the state some money, already having the equipment (here),” he said. “It’s taking advantages that we have with our joint venture and competing against billion-dollar companies.”
Despite those savings, the Brechan-Pruhs bid is about $425,000 higher than state engineers’ top estimate of $4.28 million.
Cynthia Ferguson, design project manager for DOT, said that isn’t uncommon.
“We base our estimates on past jobs that have opened that are similar size,” she said. “Sometimes we end up being low, and sometimes we end up being high. Contractors are a little better at looking forward.”
Ferguson said it will be a month or two until the state issues an “intent to proceed,” which will pass things into the hands of a construction project manager and Brechan-Pruhs.
Martin said he understands that a construction project on a street as busy as Rezanof will cause some problems.
“Traffic control will be challenging because of the different school districts,” he said. “Being a Kodiak company, we’re very in tune with that.”
Planning will take place throughout the winter, and work will begin as soon as conditions permit.
“As soon as Mother Nature allows us to start in the spring, you’re going to be seeing surveying and lowering of manholes,” Martin said.
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