Troy awards ’emergency’ resurfacing project bids

Published 6:00 pm Friday, July 2, 2010

The Troy City Council met Friday to award bids on a 26-street “emergency resurfacing” project that should have the city well under construction in the next few weeks.

The project, recommended by Mayor Jimmy Lunsford in the council meeting last week, will give attention to streets designated by an engineering study as the city’s structurally worst.

Of two bidders, the city gave the project award to APAC-Mid South, the low bidder at approximately $661,000. That came under the original estimation that would have called for around $700,000.

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The project will be funded by the city of Troy’s gas tax funds that can only be allotted to road repairs or other capital projects.

There is about $1 million available in the gas tax fund, replenished each month, so this project will not deplete it.

Lunsford said construction on the 26 streets should begin in the next few weeks, though he isn’t sure when it will be completed.

“I’m not sure the estimate of time because we expect them to move quickly,” Lunsford said.

But, part of the agreement was to attempt to have the resurfacing of George Wallace Drive and Gibbs Street completed before the start of school in August.

Other streets on the resurfacing project include: 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, Brookwood Drive, , 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.

The streets chosen were done so after a 2009 city-wide street engineering study by Watkins Engineering.

In that study, engineers took a close look at the structural integrity of each street, ranking them in groups of one to four, one being the best and four the worst.

Lunsford said Watkins then went back before the mayor made his recommendation and determined the worst of the worst to be resurfaced.

Lunsford said in a previous article he hopes to recommend another resurfacing project in the next 18 months because there are several other roads that need addressing.