City approves next round of street repairs

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
City of Cassville employee Ken Latschar patches and levels out an area along 6th Street Wednesday. The work is part of a comprehensive repair and resurfacing project to improve city streets, paid for by revenue collected last year from the approved sales tax levy designated for street repairs. Just recently, Lake Road, Mystic Street and Abby Street were completely resurfaced with new asphalt, along with Nottingham and Gravel streets from Main to First Street. Another series of streets was recently approved by city council as well. Julia Kilmer/

Some areas to be repaved, treated with seal coat

The city of Cassville has approved a new round of street repairs for the year, budgeting more than $200,000 for work on a handful of areas in town.

According to Robert Forrest, Cassville public works director, Sale Barn Road, 9th and Main to Townsend, Partridge, Glenwood Circle and Robin Hood are on the list.

“The city is moving forward proactively and accomplishing what was promised to voters,” said Forrest, referring to the sales tax levy voters approved last year, providing the city with approximately $300,000 annually to improve city streets.

The project is a result of a comprehensive plan targeting the repair of scores of streets, initiated by City Administrator Steve Walensky in his former post as public works director.

Lake Road, Mystic, Abby and 1st Street and Old Exeter Road (from Business Highway 37 up to the stoplight) and 13th Streets (from the bridge to the city limit sign) have already been resurfaced and completed. Gravel Street, from Main to First, also recently had work completed, and the city continues to work on miscellaneous areas in need of repairs, such as patching and leveling.

Walensky originally estimated the repairs, which were overdue for years due to lack of funding, would take approximately seven years to complete, and Forrest, who assumed his position in December, is now proactively carrying out Walensky’s plans.

“This is our second phase [of the project], and I’m developing a third phase as we speak,” Forrest said.

Since the $11 million bond issue passed in April to repair and renovate the city’s water and waste water issues, the street repairs will have to be handled strategically in consideration of the needed infrastructure repairs for each respective street, Forrest said.

“The most important thing in the process since the bond issue passed we’ll be addressing is the infiltration and inflow (I and I) and our water distribution system and the repairs needed for those,” he said. “We want to make sure we don’t resurface roads we’ll then be tearing apart [to repair the infrastructure issues].”

A good example is 11th Street, he said. It’s a high-volume street targeted for resurfacing, but due to a sewer line that needs replaced, the resurfacing will have to wait.

“It’s going to be a little bit more complicated than picking roads and looking at traffic volumes,” Forrest said. “The I and I and water issues have to be taken into consideration [in the street repair planning process].”

Forrest shared details for the next roads targeted for resurfacing.

“Sale Barn Road repairs will be from the state highway at the Ford dealership to the Highways 248/112 junction,” he said. “The city is in partnership with Flat Creek Road District, so the entire road will be paved.”

Sale Barn Road is a highly-trafficked street and thoroughfare for residents and businesses, including Regal and others, and home to the Aquatic Park, but, according to a report from Hutchens, who was hired to complete the majority of the street repairs, the resurfacing should take just three to four weeks to complete, weather pending, Forrest said.

Another area targeted is the back parking lot area of the Aquatic Center near the softball fields, which previously only consisted of loose-rock material.

Forrest reported that work has already been started there, with a foundation-type base material laid from the parking lot area to the mulch and tree branch disposal area, toward the goal of resurfacing the area to provide a more visually-appealing and practical parking area for residents.

“The base material produces the foundation before a chip and seal or asphalt overlay is completed,” Forrest said. “I think it will help during the summer time because of the wind and the dust [from the gravel] migrating to where people are swimming. With some type of paving going in there now, it will limit that.”

The area from 9th Street and Main to Townsend will be paved and undergo milling, a process where a specific amount of asphalt is removed by a machine to level and smooth the surface, bringing the asphalt below sidewalks and gutters so that when paved and completed, it matches those areas in their original state.

Partridge Street by the high school will have some milling completed as well.

“The city also approved city-wide onyx treatment [for specific streets], which is a seal coat that covers streets that are older but in good condition,” Forrest said. “It preserves the road from UV rays.”

Two streets targeted to receive that treatment are Glenwood Circle and Robin Hood.

“A paved section of the Greenway Walking Trail will be receiving the seal-coat also,” Forrest said. “City employees will be doing that work.”

Forrest said he is pleased with the progress the city is making, with both its street repairs and planning of its infrastructure repairs and renovations.

“The city of Cassville has a bright future,” he said.

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