Wheaton gets rolling on repaving project

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Repaved streets to have 10- to 15-year life span

The city of Wheaton is about to get smoother streets as it plans a repaving project.

Josh Kinnaman, Wheaton utilities superintendent, said the city approved for $150,000 to start on the road work scheduled for this summer.

“It is going to start up on Highway 86 by Fastrip on Santee Street,” he said. “Then, we will go all the way to the school. Where we put the new sidewalk by the school, we are going to pave all the way up to the side walk to make parking spots.”

Kinnaman said after that, the city will try to get a bid for McCall Avenue in front of the school.

“We are going to try to repave all around the school,” he said. “We don’t know how much the entire project will cost yet.”

Kinnaman said the city pre-approved the $150,000 to start on the project, but it hasn’t had a chance to get a bid on the project yet.

“Santee Street has not been repaved in 10 years or so,” he said. “There is a pretty significant need to have it done. There are a lot of cutouts where we have had to work on water lines and gas lines, and the pavement is really starting to chip away.”

Kinnaman said the city will use hot mix asphalt for the repaving.

“With regular use, that should hold up for the next 10-15 years,” he said. “Once we get the bid, we can get people to start working on it, and we will know how far that $150,000 will go.”

Kinnaman said the hope is to get started by June.

“The process to get that first phase done will probably only take a week, maybe less,” he said. “That will decrease any traffic issues.”

Kinnaman said there will be the basic road block up when it gets started.

“Also, people can’t be on it for about 24 hours after it is finished,” he said. “It will be nice to have the streets repaved, and I think people will appreciate it.”

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