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March 4, 2013

Fixing local streets can be expensive

GREENVILLE — Should voters say yes this spring, nine local streets will finally receive the attention city engineers believe they deserve.

The Greenville City Council voted last week to place a street reconstruction bond package on the May 11 election ballot.

If approved, the street bond package would require the issuance of $12.6 million in bonds to pay for rebuilding Greenville roads which have identified as needing the most work.

Originally, the Council had considered selling up to $30 million in bonds to pay for work on 13 streets in Greenville. The proposition which will appear on the May 11 ballot calls for rebuilding Stonewall Street between Mockingbird Lane and the Interstate 30 frontage road, Sayle Street between Kari Lane and the frontage road, and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Stonewall Street from Park to Stanford and Wellington Street from Joe Ramsey to Lee Street would be rebuilt during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Ridgecrest Boulevard from Canton to Sayle Streets, Morgan and Bourland Streets north and west of Carver Elementary School and Live Oak Street from Bonham to Nashville would be rebuilt during the 2015-2026 fiscal year.

A report filed by Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim, detailing the reasoning why the streets were chosen for the bond package, is included on the City of Greenville web site at www.ci.greenville.tx.us.

Ebrahim noted the city had held off the section at the south end of Stonewall for several years, awaiting the completion of the Wesley Street overpass project.

 “The existing pavement is currently narrow in width and has many sub-grade and base failures,” Ebrahim said. “We will need to redesign the south end of this project to match the new I-30 frontage road and will need to acquire additional right-of-way and easements.”

Parallel sewer mains will also have to be replaced under the project, which has been estimated to cost $1.43 million.

Ebrahim said the section of Sayle Street included in the package was never designed to handle the vehicle load it has received since Lowe’s and the adjacent shopping center was constructed, not to mention the traffic coming from the SportsPark.

“Sections of the roadway have failed,” Ebrahim said. “The use of this thoroughfare is expected to increase with the new one-way I-30 service roads.”

Cost of the work has been estimated at $920,000.

Webb Street is needing to be rebuilt, to help provide the city an additional east/west route between Joe Ramsey and Interstate 30, which also connects two major north/south thoroughfares.

“ It is for the most part very narrow in width and has never been upgraded to an urban pavement section,” Ebrahim said of the section between Wesley and Sayle. “Warren Park, one of our City parks, is located midway between Sayle Street and Wesley Street. This street would help relieve traffic on other east/west streets in the area but is usually avoided due to its poor condition and ride quality.”

The project has been estimated at $1.22 million.

Ebrahim explained the portion of Stonewall between Park and Stanford is one of the key routes south out of downtown, but needs major storm sewer improvements.

“Automobiles sometimes drown out along this section of Stonewall Street during periods of heavy rainfall,” Ebrahim said. “Some of the existing antique storm sewer system was hand made in the field from pieces of stone, rock and tile set into concrete.”

The work is expected to cost approximately $1.5 million.

Wellington from Joe Ramsey to Lee needs to be widened, Ebrahim said, to improve an existing north/south corridor. Wellington from Joe Ramsey to O’Neal is 41 feet wide.

“The section of Wellington Street from O’Neal Street to Lee Street is approximately 26 feet wide and will be widened approximately 10 feet,” Ebrahim added, at an estimate cost of $4.02 million.

Ridgecrest from Canton to Sayle would be widened to match the widened portion of Ridgecrest between Sayle and Wellington Streets.

“This street is used heavily as a route to and from our medical and hospital district,” Ebrahim said.

The project would cost $1.3 million.

Ebrahim said the specified portions of Morgan and Bourland Streets were supposed to have been widened in 2002, but were not constructed at that time due to a lack of funding in the Greenville Independent School District budget.

Now, the work has been estimated at $1.4 million.

The section of Live Oak Street from Bonham to Canton is currently a rock road.

“The City receives a couple of dust complaints on this section of street each year,” Ebrahim said. “The section from Canton to Nashville is dirt. Live Oak Street was fully designed in 2002 to extend from Highway 69 to Webb Street. The only section of Live Oak Street that was constructed was from Highway 69 to Bonham Street.  A few years after the full design in 2002, the Council abandoned the existing right-of-way for Live Oak from Memphis to Webb Street for the Bear Creek Apartment Development.”

The project is estimated at $500,000.

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