Street maintenance and repair is the topic of a new video released this week by the City of Brookings.
The video, which has been posted on YouTube and is linked to the City’s website, discusses recent street repair projects and looks ahead at projects planned for the coming year. The video can be found on line at http://www.brookings.or.us/index.aspx?nid=236. The video is also being shown on local Charter television Channel 181.
“We produced a similar video in 2015 and this is basically an update,” City Manager Gary Milliman said. “We have been able to complete quite a bit of work using the $290,000 we have received annually from the fuel tax, and more work is planned in the spring.”
Now retired Public Works Director LauraLee Snook and Public Works Supervisor Richard Christensen are featured in the video discussing various paving techniques and how streets are chosen for different types of pavement treatment.
Streets scheduled for improvement in spring 2018 include portions of Spruce Drive and Ransom Avenue from 6th Street to Kevin. The City Council awarded a bid in the amount of $238,206 to Tidewater Contractors for this work. A “stand by” project would be the resurfacing of Kevin Place from Hassett to Ransom should additional funds become available or if the approved project is completed under budget. The estimated cost of the Kevin Place project is $97,000.
Looking ahead to fiscal 2018-19, projects being planned include resurfacing and reconstruction of Ransom from Kevin to Fawn with storm drain replacement work, and resurfacing Mendy Street. Work would continue on Ransom in 2019-20 along with portions of Spruce Street, Sandy Lane, Mill Beach Road and Allen Road.
“Street selection is primarily based upon an engineering analysis of all City streets that was completed about four years ago,” City Manager Gary Milliman said. “Factors taken into account include what types of treatment can extend the life of the street surface, base failure and traffic volume.”
“Some streets that need more extensive work have been delayed until we are able to fund improvements to water, sewer and storm systems under those streets,” Milliman noted.
Milliman said the City is also continuously seeking funding from state and federal sources for street and sidewalk improvements.
About 60 per cent of the Railroad Street improvements project is funded through a state grant. Another grant will fund about 70 per cent of the estimated $1.8 million cost of a sidewalk installation project on the east side of Highway 101 from Easy Street to Parkview Drive in 2019-20.
“At our request, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is also planning to upgrade sidewalks and improve handicap accessibility at a variety of locations along Chetco Avenue in 2020,” Milliman noted. “No City funds will be involved in this $1.0 million project.”