The City’s street paving contractor is ready to start laying some down some new asphalt for the City’s 2010 street program. The contractor’s work will consist of a milling 2” off of the existing asphalt pavement and resurfacing it with 2” of surface course asphalt. This is the good stuff, stone aggregate of multiple sizes and fines bound together with asphalt and oil, breathing new life into City streets that have been on their last breath for some time.
The City Engineer’s Office staff drive and rate all of the streets in Kent in order to come up with a list of the streets that are quantitatively in the worst condition which gets them on the resurfacing list. Like most things, there’s never enough money to do all the streets that need help but thanks to grants, the City has been able to do nearly double the amount allocated to street paving this year.
Here’s the street list for 2010:
Street Name From To
Gale Drive West Cul-de-Sac East Cul-de-Sac
Garth Drive Silver Meadows Blvd. East end of street
Jessie Avenue Roosevelt Avenue Longmere Drive
West Oak Street Franklin Avenue South Water Street
Sunrise Blvd. North end of Bridge Cul-de-Sac at North end
The Engineer’s office reports that normal traffic patterns will be maintained for most of the work on this project. These streets may be closed to through traffic when the contractor first places and rolls the asphalt surface course so that traffic does not damage the hot pavement. The closures to through traffic would range from 2 to 4 hours per street.
For those folks that haven’t watched street paving in great detail previously, keep in mind that this type of work is performed utilizing a “moving” construction zone — also referred to as a paving train. Vehicles utilizing any street that is being resurfaced can expect minor traffic delays since the traffic will be reduced to one lane where the work is being performed. Residents and businesses may have a temporary loss of access (up to ten minutes) to their drives as the construction work passes by their property.
The work should begin in the next couple of weeks.