Emergency road project in the works

Published 9:51 pm Friday, June 18, 2010

Nothing’s final yet, but if Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford has his way, the city will soon see some major construction that he says he hopes will “stop the bleeding.”

Lunsford will present what he calls his “emergency resurfacing” project to the Troy City Council Tuesday, which will likely mean at least 14 roads will soon be resurfaced, though there could be as many as 26.

Lunsford, along with City Planner Calvin Lott and Public Works Director Vaughn Daniels, met Friday with local engineer John Watkins to discuss the project that is limited to streets that pose the greatest structural concern.

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“We know we’re not addressing all of the needs in the city. (Watkins) was charged with identifying the worst sections,” Lunsford said.

Watkins said the way he chose each of the streets was a follow-up on a study he was hired by the city to do in 2009.

In that, he thoroughly evaluated and rated each street in the city of Troy for a project the city at the time thought it may earn federal funds to accomplish.

Those monies weren’t awarded then, but the study has been put to good use in making the plans for this proposed project.

In the ratings, Watkins said streets were numbered one to four, one being the best and four the worst.

So, Watkins has gone and reevaluated each of the streets with “four” ratings, choosing the worst of those to put in the plans.

The proposal will come in two forms to the city council, one presenting sections of 14 different streets for resurfacing and the other with 11 streets that Watkins called the “best of the worst.”

Lunsford said at a minimum he believes the first portion of the project will be included, but he will recommend both for the council’s OK.

The streets or a portion of them considered in the worst shape are: Corman Avenue, Cowart Circle, Curry Circle, Floyd Street, George Wallace Drive, Gibbs Street, Moulton Court, Pecan Street, Pell Avenue, Saint Paul Street, Segars Street, South Franklin Street, Spradley Drive and Warren Court.

That will cost an estimated $452,400.

The “best of the worst” portion of the project includes: Brookwood Drive, another part of Corman Avenue, Creek Stand Road, Cross Circle, Crow Hill Road, McPherson Drive, Monticello Drive, Mountain Brook Lane, Orion Street, Sara Drive, Vicki Lane and East Hodges Street.

That portion would cost around $185,600, totaling $638,000.

Lunsford said the project, if approved, will be funded by the city of Troy’s gas tax fund, which can only be used for capital improvements.

He didn’t say exactly how much is in the fund, but he said there would be enough to accomplish these tasks without depleting it.

Watkins said the roads chosen for this project were based on several factors that all boil down to structural integrity.

“Some of these streets are 25 years or older and have never been resurfaced,” he said. “The ones with single surfaces took priority over some of the older streets that have two to three surfaces on them. A road may ride bad and may look bad and not be on the list, but these are based on structure capability.”

Lunsford said he knows there are several other roads that need work, and he hopes to be able to hold another major resurfacing project in the next 18 to 25 months.