City to start street repairs

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

First and 13th streets to receive first repairs

In alignment with its long-term plan to repair its streets, the city of Cassville has hired Hutchens Construction to begin the repair of two thoroughfares.

"We will be concentrating on chipping and sealing First Street and Old Exeter Road from Business Highway 37 up to the Walmart area, and 13th Street from the bridge to the city limit sign," said Steve Walensky, public works director.

The bid from Hutchens for the project totaled $122,694, which the city will pay out of $230,000 in revenue collected from the sales tax levy designated for street repairs.

Repairs for First Street will total $54,000, and for 13th Street, $64,694.

Walensky said the city will be looking at other high-volume streets next, but the two streets mentioned have been approved by city council to begin repairing.

"We're going through and prioritizing some other high-volume streets to get done, too," he said.

Hutchens will chip and seal, then apply a special coating to the streets.

"First Street will be patched and repairs done from Business Highway 37 to 37 by Walmart," said Gary Allen, Hutchens' estimator. "We will stop at the light."

Hutchens said that although the company uses a similar chip and seal process to repair county roads, extra care will be taken with the higher-trafficked city streets.

"It's going to be done better than what we do in the county," he said. "Here in the city, we will chip, then remove the loose chips, then apply a resurface. So we'll patch it, repair and resurface, then restripe."

On 13th Street, repairs will involve the same process.

"Work will start at the bridge by the park and go to the city limits," Allen said.

Allen was not certain when repairs would start, but estimates they will begin sometime in the near future. He also said residents need not worry about traffic interruptions.

"We'll have traffic control and cones," he said. "We're not shutting roads down."

Once repairs begin, Allen estimated they will only take approximately a week or two to complete.

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