Engineer's report

In this photo from the summer of 2020, workers lay asphalt for the new Johnson Drive, which connects Bement and Paige streets to enhance the city’s Industrial Park North complex. It was part of the city’s 2020 asphalt paving program.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a fairly busy year for the City of Bryan Engineer’s Office.

City Engineer Brian Wieland reflected on some of the year’s highlights, including six significant projects, during his annual department report to city council earlier this month.

Among the department’s most notable projects in 2020 were:

• Completion of a new road, Johnson Drive, which connects Bement and Paige streets to enhance the Industrial Park North complex. Work was completed by Bryan Excavating LLC, which won the project with a bid of $535,439.20. The work complements a 2019 project that extended Bement Street and connected it to Brunicardi Way.

• A $375,420.30 project improved Mayberry Drive, from the entrance of the Williams County Family YMCA to Center Street, at Recreation Park. Work was completed by Findlay-based Hohenbrink Excavating during the late summer and early fall. City officials have lauded the project. “Take a stroll down Mayberry Drive in the Recreation Park when you get a chance,” Wieland wrote in his report. “I believe you will be very pleased with the work the employees of Hohenbrink Excavating LLC did for the City of Bryan.”

• An improvement project at the Don North Municipal Building which expanded the building’s entrance area to better accommodate social distancing, plus related work for hearing, lighting, doors and sidewalk improvements. The project was completed by Defiance-based McDonalds’ Design and Build for $183,258.

• The annual asphalt paving program included 41,245.461 square yards of full-width pavement milling and 1,751.46 cubic yards of asphalt concrete surface coating, along with other work, completed by Gerken Paving Inc., based in Napoleon, which bid $592,954.70 to win the project. The longest stretch of road that was redone was 1,300 feet of Greystone Drive, followed by 1,255 feet of Connin Street.

• Zimmerman Paint Contractors, based in Fremont, completed the annual pavement marking program at a final cost of $89,897.01.

• In conjunction with Bryan Municipal Utilities, a water main replacement project along South Williams Street, completed by Bryan Excavating at a final price of $689,949.80.

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