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A contract for a parking lot improvement project totaling $147,400 was awarded Wednesday by the Silver Creek School Board.

Superintendent James Mills said the work involves a base project and two alternatives that address safety.

The base reconstruction project, at $135,000, will correct drainage problems in the elementary parking lot by creating a crowned area to induce rain water runoff. The improvement will also involve replacing pavement that is beginning to crumble and applying a moisture barrier to the parking lot.

The finished work is expected to last 10 years.

Scalise Paving of Lakewood was the low bidder and was awarded the entire contract.

Mills said the contractor will begin the work within the next two days.

The first alternative, with a bid of $6,900, is for construction of an additional traffic entrance near the far east corner of the elementary parking lot. The driveway is being built to alleviate traffic congestion in that area.

School officials have also expressed concern that the current situation presents a hazard for children being dropped off by their parents.

The second alternative, with a bid of $5,500, is for construction of 10 diagonal parking spaces near the band room/cafeteria entrance.

This will prevent cars from parking on both sides of an area where school buses pick up children.

Board member Kim Ramsdell said the project alternatives address safety concerns that would probably cost more if the district decided to do them later.

Money left over from a capital project is being used to fund the work.

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