Workers from Heer Excavating, rural Archbold, are removing old underground tile from the South Street area in preparation for rebuilding of the street.
Bob Seaman, Archbold village engineer said Monday the work should be completed this week. Once that portion of the project is done, workers will begin excavating the street for the new roadbed.
The project has progressed a little farther on the three one-block portions of Brussel, West, and Middle streets, which are also being reconstructed as part of the South Street project.
The three sections, which are south of South Street, have been excavated, the stone base for the roadway has been laid, and concrete curbs and gutters have been poured.
The next step is to pour new concrete driveway approaches.
Seaman said workers hope to have the paving subcontractor, Gerken Paving, Napoleon, come in soon and lay the first two of three layers, or “courses,” of asphalt on the side streets.
Seaman said he is pleased with the progress on the South Street reconstruction.
“It’s progressing well, and going smoothly. There have been very few soft spots in the sub-grade (soil under the stone road bed), and we’ve not had a lot of rain delays,” he said.
Heer Excavating’s bid for the South Street project calls for a Nov. 24 completion date. The contract price is $928,352.
Bids were opened Thursday, Aug. 26, for concrete street repairs. Seaman said four firms tendered bids.
The apparent low bidder is Birchwood Construction and Excavating, Defiance.
The company has not done work for the Village of Archbold before. Seaman said engineering department workers are checking company references.