By BRAD KELLAR
The number of “road work ahead” signs and detours are expected to be on the rise in Greenville, as the City Council voted Tuesday to approve multiple projects.
The Council awarded a bid for the 2013 Street Improvement Program, which will not involve any new construction but will include maintenance and repairs to some two dozen local roads. The Council also awarded bids for design services connected to two of the street reconstruction efforts approved by Greenville voters in May.
Director of Public Works/Interim City Manager Massoud Ebrahim has proposed 24 individual projects on portions of 23 streets in Greenville, divided among the six City Council precincts. The work will involve milling, overlaying, chip sealing and micro-surfacing on the streets.
The streets proposed for maintenance under the program include King from Lee to Henry, Clark from Gillespie to Polk, Patterson from Mullaney to the cul-de-sac, Nob Hill from Cedar Ridge to Creekside, Horne Street from U.S. Highway 69 to the end, River Oaks from Horne Street to the end, Northgate from Peacock to the end, all of Northgate Circle, Kingswood from Royal Oaks to Oak Creek, all of Briarwood Circle, Rosewood from Oak Creek to Aerobic, Poplar from Wesley to Sayle, Garden from Stonewall to Interstate 30, Meadowbrook from Stonewall to Stonewall, Cornelia from King to Sayle and from Moulton to Seventh, Creek Crossing from Shelby to Ridgecrest, Henderson from Stanford to Division, Redbud from First to Cornelia, Stanford from Moulton to Fourth, Hemphill from Moulton to Stuart, Frontier from Sahara to River Oaks and Royal Oaks from FM 1570 to the end.
A 2006 assessment of 200 miles of streets in Greenville is being used as a strategy tool to schedule reconstruction/rehabilitation projects within the city.
The current city budget included $900,000 for the 2013 Street Improvement Program. The city went out for bids on the project and received two.
Austin Bridge and Road of Irving submitted the winning bid of $843,570.
On May 11, voters approved the issuance of $12.6 million in bonds to pay for the reconstruction of nine local streets. The bond proposition called for rebuilding of Stonewall Street between Mockingbird Lane and Interstate 30, Sayle Street between Kari Lane and Interstate 30, and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Approximately $3.57 million in bonds, to fund the first phase of the project, are expected to be issued in February 2014, although the Council has passed a resolution to allow the city to pay itself back from the bonds for those expenditures which are incurred before the bonds are issued.
Ebrahim explained that in order to expedite the process, each street section listed above is being considered as a separate project. Two firms have been lined up to design two of the projects included in the first phase.
The Council awarded a bid of $71,420 to Huitt-Zollars Inc. for the design of the Sayle Street from Kari Lane to Interstate 30 project, and awarded a bid of $108,035 to Freese and Nichols, Inc. for the design of the Stonewall Street from Mockingbird Lane to Interstate 30 project.
Ebrahim said negotiations are under way with a company to perform the design work on the Webb Street project and he anticipated bringing a bid before the Council on July 23.