WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Township supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved two contracts associated with replacement of a 60-foot culvert that runs under Ryan Road just east of West Mead 2 Volunteer Fire Department.

Replacement of the culvert will take place this summer and will require the road to be closed to traffic for up to two weeks, according to Supervisor John Shartle, who is also the township’s roadmaster. The project's start date has yet to be scheduled.

In the first vote, supervisors approved purchase of the aluminum culvert pipe from Consolidated Construction Products Inc. of Andover, Ohio, for $20,505.70. The CCP bid was the lowest of three bids received, according to Secretary-Treasurer Jill Dunlap.

The structural plate pipe arch culvert will consist of three 20-foot sections and will measure approximately 10 feet by seven feet.

In the second vote, supervisors approved a contract for additional excavation work related to the project with Wilkinson Excavating of Meadville for $7,810.

“We needed somebody with a track hoe that’s capable of carving out those headwalls” of the existing culvert, Shartle said.

The joint project with Woodcock Township is being funded by a $113,000 grant award from Crawford County Conservation District.

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