‘Emergency’ resurfacing project complete

Published 9:57 pm Thursday, August 12, 2010

As the summer winds down for local students, so, too, does the city of Troy’s major paving project.

Thursday marked the first day the resurfacing of some 26 streets across town was complete.

City Planner Calvin Lott said the project actually started July 10, after the Troy City Council gave it the final approval Friday, July 2.

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The project came with the recommendation of Mayor Jimmy Lunsford in what he called his “emergency resurfacing” project.

In this $661,000 project, the following streets or portions of the streets were resurfaced: George Wallace Drive, Gibbs Street, 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 project was funded by the city’s gas tax fund revenues, which are set aside only for capital road improvements.

APAC-Mid South was the low bidder.

The streets chosen were based on a 2009 engineering study where streets were graded on their structural integrity.

The study, completed by Watkins Engineering, ranked the “worst of the worst” streets, and those were the ones chosen for completion.

Lunsford said he hopes to have another major resurfacing project in the next year.

“By the time we get a year down the road, we’ll have some more that meet this criteria and some getting very close to needing resurfacing,” Lunsford said.

Lott said while the resurfacing is complete on these streets, workers will still be present reworking manholes, water valves and gas valves.

Right now, he said driving over them will be bumpy because they have to be raised. There will also be workers putting down a temporary striping on the roads until permanent paint is delivered.

“They are putting a temporary striping down, and as soon as Ozark striping can get permanent we will put that down,” Lott said. “The water valves and sewer manholes should be finished within a week to a week and a half.”