City officials said Wednesday that a local contractor has erased their doubts about being able to handle the job of supplementing pothole repair work.
In late May, Trax Construction was the lone bidder to use $2 million in a special appropriation from the City Council to fill potholes in what Mayor Steve Bach described as "an emergency situation."
Corey Farkas, manager of the city's Streets Division, said city officials wanted to be certain that Trax could handle the job along with its regular business. To that end, the city withheld $500,000 of the money until it was satisfied Trax could handle the project.
"I'm surprised we didn't have more bidders," Farkas said. "But when we contacted other contractors we've worked with before, we found that they already were booked with projects for the summer. Trax was the only one that came forward. They've done a great job."
Farkas said Trax will get the rest of the money soon and hopes its share of the work will be finished by the end of September.
Trax has three crews working with eight city crews on potholes. Farkas said crews are slowly catching up on their backlog, but public requests for repairs have decreased recently and the additional manpower allows potholes to be filled twice as quickly.
Farkas said Trax has spent slightly more than 40 percent of the original money it received.