VALPARAISO | The city's Public Works Department expects to kick off its annual street resurfacing program June 27 on Montdale Drive in the Montdale Industrial Park.
"We've done so much planning on that," Public Works Director Matt Evans said. "It impacts a lot of businesses, and they run shifts 24/7. So, the planning has been extensive, and the cooperation with the business owners has been good."
The full length of the street will be repaved, and Evans said it should be completed by July 6. He said the total paving program will take all summer because planning for the work has to wait for the end of the winter weather so the department can assess the impact on the roads.
"The winter weather affects the roads differently. It's tough to see the road and know what we need to be working on. We have several other projects that have to come together. We have to design the pavement on Lancaster Drive, which is in pretty bad shape."
Other roads now scheduled for paving work include: Academy Street, from Park Avenue north to the dead end; Andover Drive, from Campbell Street to the cul de sac; Don Hovey Drive, from Axe Avenue to Greenwich Street; all of Howard Street, Industrial Drive and Lancaster; Linden Street, at the approach to Glendale Boulevard, and Sheffield Drive, from Campbell to Forest Park.
"That's always a little fluid," Evans said, referring to changes necessitated by emergencies. "We also will be fixing small areas that have suffered significantly as well."
He expects to begin sidewalk work by the end of this month starting with replacing the sidewalks on George Street, widening them to the new standard of five feet where possible. He said the sidewalks already were in bad shape before some had to be torn up for construction of the new storm sewers as part of the Chautauqua Park project.
Other sidewalks due for replacement as the Chautauqua Park work continues are Bond, Grove and Ridgeland Avenues, from Madison Street to Campbell. The road program also includes slurry sealing, crack sealing and micro sealing work on many streets to prolong their life.
The total budget for the paving work is $1.35 million, of which about $1 million comes from the city's $12-a-month trash fee, and the rest is from the city's share of the gasoline tax. The sidewalk budget is about $300,000, which will enable the city to do about 8,000 feet of sidewalk.