Posted on October 03, 2012 00:00
Click to enlarge and see core samples of existing pavement conditions on N 3rd
||At the October 2 City Council meeting, Council approved $976,000 in additional funding for the ongoing North 3rd Street Improvement Project. The additional funding will provide for paving that will last a minimum of 10 years before major repairs are needed, as opposed to cheaper options that would last only 3-5 years. An estimated 20,000-25,000 cars travel on 3rd Street each day.
The need for more extensive paving work became apparent as the road was torn up during construction. The road has not been paved since at least 1995 and is in need of serious repair. The city is using savings from recent bond refinancing and monies left over from other completed construction projects for the additional funding.
The original $9.4 million project is a major overhaul for North 3rd Street from the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Market Street, including replacing aging water and sewer lines, installing new sidewalks and putting power lines underground. The project began in 2011 and is expected to be largely completed by the end of this year.
Read more about the North 3rd Street Improvement Project.