Bessemer council approves bid for US 2 repairs
BESSEMER - The Bessemer City Council unanimously approved contractor Angelo Luppino, Inc. to complete needed repairs along U.S. 2 at its meeting Monday.
Luppino contractors will repair a patch on U.S. 2 near Beecher Street measured 13-by-12-feet, replace 11 feet of curbing and 14 feet of sidewalk. The bid submitted for the small project was $3,859.
Neal Nelson, leadman at the city's Department of Public Works, said the damage to the road was caused from this past winter's harsh temperatures, so the project could be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Construction would have to be completed first, then FEMA would reimburse the city for the cost of the project.
Mayor Butch Semmerling said that was his interpretation of FEMA regulations..
"You have to do the work first," he said. "They're not going to give you the money to do the work."
"There are only so many contractors who are certified through the DOT (Department of Transportation), and Angelo is certified through the DOT," Nelson said.
Because the project runs along U.S. 2, a federal highway, the contractor must be certified to work on the roadway.