|Preliminary work is underway for street resurfacing projects|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Those bumpy rides down three of Imperial’s major streets could be a lot smoother if plans for resurfacing projects in the city progress this year.
A crew with the Miller & Associates’ engineering firm has been out here in recent weeks, locating utility and property lines along East 5th, 9th and 12th Streets. Using GPS systems, the information is downloaded, then will be incorporated into the blueprints for prospective contractors.
City Public Works Supt. Pat Davison said soil samples have also been taken under the streets to determine what type of base might be needed. All the information will be compiled as the city prepares for the bidding of those resurfacing projects.
Davison said he included $1 million in the 2008-09 street budget for those resurfacing projects. The street improvements will have to be bonded, he said.
Although all of the data hasn’t been compiled yet on each of the three streets targeted for resurfacing, these are the portions of each street in the resurfacing plans at this time:
East 5th Street from Highway 61 west to Leech St.
East 9th Street from Longhorn west to Chase St.
East 12th Street will start from Highway 61. How far west is dependent on whether some drainage work along East 12th is also included, Davison said.
Other utility projects in the works for this summer include replacement of the sewer lift station in Campbell Park and installation of a new water main section along Broadway from 7th to 11th Streets.
The lift station and water main projects could be ready for bids next month, Davison told council members Monday.