Dirt roads to be paved next month
by Chris Berendt Staff Writer
Several dirt streets in northern Clinton are tentatively set to be paved in the coming weeks as part of a community development project that has brought utility upgrades to a number of neighborhoods in Clinton — one expected to be near full completion by the beginning of December.
“We have to have substantial completion by Dec. 1,” said Public Works director Jeff Vreugdenhil. “We tentatively have our paving set up for the week of Oct. 20.”
A Community Development Block Grant project targeting Eliza Lane and several adjacent streets for comprehensive utilities and street resurfacing, the project has been ongoing since the project was awarded in December 2012 to Columbus Utilities of Whiteville, the low bidder with a bid of $597,601,50, following a re-bid.
Clinton officials said the Eliza Lane project will improve the quality of life in several neighborhoods by improving streets, fire service and water and sewer infrastructure in the area. A notable part of the project will also see what have long been completely dirt streets on Eliza, Abron Street and Jerome Street covered in asphalt.
That is expected to be the final piece of the total project, which includes new water and sewer lines in the neighborhood, as well as fire hydrants. The area, located immediately adjacent to the city limits off U.S. 701, consists of 22 residences that do not have city water or sewer services. City officials said the streets are in “extremely bad condition,” some being impassable after a heavy rain.
Specifically, the project includes 2,070 linear feet of water lines, 1,570 linear feet of sewer lines and nearly a half mile of street paving. The CDBG grant for $572,765 was matched with $217,785 from the city, split evenly between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 budgets.
“We are currently working on sewer connections from homes in the neighborhood to new sewer,” Vreugdenhil said this week.
He said another recently-approved CDBG project, which will replace and upgrade water lines throughout various parts of the city, does not yet have a timetable for bidding and subsequent construction.
The city was awarded a $750,000 infrastructure grant, which the City Council voted to accept in August. Reserve funds from the city’s Water and Sewer Fund were also allocated to meet a $40,000 city obligation (5 percent match) for the $750,000 grant, received from a successful application to the N.C. Department of Commerce in September 2012.
As with the Eliza Lane project, the city will make sizable utility improvements anticipated to pay dividends for years to come.
The purpose of the $750,000 infrastructure grant is to install 8,000 linear feet of 6-inch water line, replacing 2-inch substandard galvanized line, to include hydrants.
Eleven projects areas targeted as part of the grant include East Boney, Green, Phillips, Herring, Ellen, Kennedy, Graham, Grantham, Lloyd, West Powell, Maple and Betty streets, as well as Walston Lane. The project, Vreugdenhil said, will “improve water quality, reduce line breaks and provide fire protection,” as is the goal with the ongoing Eliza Lane, Abron Street and Jerome Street project.
Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at email@example.com.
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