By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer
Weather delays have slowed the city of Gainesville’s aggressive street maintenance project however residents will still see improvements in just a few weeks.
City Public Services Director Ron Sellman said heavy rains during March and April set contractor Lynn Vessels Construction back in progress at least two months.
But the repairs on Dixon and Church Streets — which are closer in scale to full street replacements — should be complete by late June unless showers persist.
“As soon as Dixon Street is open in a few weeks, there will be a noticeable difference,” he said Thursday. “It’ll be a nice roadway, that’s for sure. If everybody can be patient, we’ll have it up and running soon.”
The Dixon and Church street projects are part of the city’s Street and Utility Maintenance Project (SUMP) “Package C,” scheduled in earlier months to be complete by early March. In total, Package C includes sections of Dixon Street from Broadway to Gorham streets; sections of Church Street from Dixon to Denton streets; and sections of Star Street from Witherspoon to Dixon streets.
The improvement package included installation of water and sewer lines on both streets; the complete demolition of sections of existing roadways on the streets; installation of subgrade road material; new brushed concrete for the roadways; and replacements of public driveways and sidewalks on the streets. Dixon Street will also receive a brick crosswalk. Sellman said the project is now in the subgrade phase on Dixon Street while water line work continues on Church Street.
“We were expecting delays because gas lines had to first be located,” he said. “And on Dixon Street, the gas line had to be relocated.”
The Dixon gas line, Sellman said, was kept in the same location but moved straight down, since its position underground was deemed too shallow.
Past and future
Once final paving is complete on Dixon and Church streets, “Package C” will effectively conclude the $12 million, three-phase project — announced in 2011 — that also brought renovation to more than 10 city roadways, including Refinery Road near Interstate 35.
“Package A” included the installation of new storm sewers and paving on Bone Street to Preston Street, including intersections of Morris Street and Taylor Street. The package also included new sanitary sewer lines and utility reconstruction on Broadway Street from Denison Street to Taylor Street. “Package B” was entirely dedicated to Refinery Road. It began at Highway 82 and followed Refinery Road to Sivells Bend Road and to the Interstate 35 service road. It gave the road a complete utility, water and sewer line replacement and paved it from Highway 82 to the Interstate 35 service road.
Sellman said planning on packages D, E and F are currently 60 percent complete through firms HDR Engineering, Inc., and Kimley-Horn and Associates. The phases total $6 million and will focus on Broadway Street with the work beginning at Fair Avenue and then moving east. The packages will provide Broadway with new pavement, water and sewer lines and a large drainage system.
“It’s a big, big job,” he said. “Tentatively, we’re set to start advertising in June, bidding for construction.”