Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Council picks streets for asphalt paving

January 29, 2009

The De Soto City Council signaled its preference to spend about $160,000 available for an asphalt mill and overlay project on streets in the city’s older section rather than another reconstruction of a relatively new street.

In doing so, the council gave the nod to streets grouped as project 2 that would improve stretches of West 85th Terrace, High Street, primrose, West 86th Street, Church Street, West 86th Terrace and 87th Street over work to rebuild 91st Street from Lexington Avenue to in front of the USD 232 District Administration Building.

The 91st Street project was listed first in a report from city staff, and city engineer Mike Brungardt said city street department supervisor Ron Creason has wanted to do something on the street for some time.

Its inclusion on the list prompted Councilman Tim Maniez to ask if the city needed to upgrade construction standards. The city was too often forced to rebuild relatively new streets, such as the 2007 work on Commerce Drive, which shouldn’t be in such bad condition, he said.

“I’d like to put some money into the neighborhoods, but they just keep getting passed over,” he said.

City construction standards were upgraded earlier this decade but after the construction of 91st Street in front of the USD 232 campus in the mid 1990s, Brungardt said. The city now required more road subsurface preparation with the application of fly ash, he said. At the time the section of 91st Street was constructed, the city required compacted clay, which tends to hold water that degrades the surface.

Brungardt’s report characterized the condition of streets in project 2 as “among the worst in the city.” He agreed the council would be justified with selecting those streets for the 2009 mill and overlay projects and address 91st Street’s problems with patching until another year.

Council members said that would allow the city to perhaps make improvements to 91st Street after the coming expansion of De Soto High School and the heavy truck traffic that would put on the street.

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