It’s that time of year when Kent’s paving contractor gets busy resurfacing city streets. Before we even get started let me apologize for the inconvenience of possible traffic delays from this work. I know it’s a pain in the neck but hopefully it will be worth the wait when it’s all said and done. The City spends approximately $700,000 each summer to repair and rehabilitate city streets. That sounds like a lot, and on the one hand it is, but on the other hand there’s still a lot more street work that needs to get done that we can’t afford to do. The City’s Engineering Division uses a fairly sophisticated computer model for tracking city street condition, prioritizing street repair work and forecasting future street maintenance needs. As a former Public Works Director, I have been quite impressed with their methods. For a list of the street repair work being done this summer, read on.
August 2, 2006 CITY OF KENT
2006 Annual Street Program
AS PART OF THE CITY OF KENT’S ANNUAL STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM THE FOLLOWING STREETS MAY BE CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC INTERMITTENTLY OVER THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS TO ALLOW FOR PAVEMENT RESURFACING, LOCAL ACCESS TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED.
ALLEY #3, ARTEMIS DRIVE, ATHENA DRIVE, ENTERPRISE WAY, FAIRVIEW DRIVE, NORTH LINCOLN STREET, SOUTH LINCOLN STREET, LUTHER AVENUE, MORRIS ROAD, OLYMPUS DRIVE, SAINT CLAIR AVENUE, SUMMIT STREET, UNIVERSITY DRIVE, VALLEY VIEW STREET
EAST BOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ON SUMMIT STREET BETWEEN MORRIS ROAD AND LINCOLN STREET HOWEVER, MOTORISTS SHOULD EXPECT DELAYS. WEST BOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED BY A LOCAL DETOUR.
MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THESE AREAS AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIME WHEN LEAVING FOR YOUR DESTINATION.
ROAD CLOSED SIGNS WILL BE POSTED.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, RESIDENTS MAY CONTACT THE DIVISION OF ENGINEERING (330) 678-8106.
More on Project Traffic Disruptions and/or Detours:
Traffic will be maintained by the contractor although the traffic will be reduced down to one lane in either direction where the work is taking place. The work being performed is a moving construction zone so various portions of each street may be inaccessible for small durations of time. It should be noted that all of the streets listed above except for Summit Street may be closed temporarily to through traffic in order to expedite certain portions of the paving work. Access for emergency vehicles and safety forces will be maintained as well as all local traffic on each street. “Road Closed” signs will be posted on streets where through traffic has been temporarily disrupted. The road closures will vary in length from 2 hours up to 8 hours and will be reopened at the end of each work day.
Based on the contractor’s needs, East Summit Street may be closed down to one lane operation during normal work hours. The heavy traffic volume on this street requires that a construction zone be set up for both safety and to allow the contractor to complete the work faster. Eastbound traffic will be maintained at all times to accommodate all emergency and safety forces. A local detour will be set up for all westbound traffic.
If you have any questions please contact Pat Homan, Engineering Technician at 330-678-8106 ext. 7323.