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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Fuel Tax Street Project Underway

A street improvement project funded from the proceeds of the voter-approved local fuel tax is underway, Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman said today.

Work will include resurfacing of portions of four streets:
• Center Street from Chetco Avenue to Railroad Street.
• Fern Avenue from Elk Drive to Easy Street.
• Hemlock Street from Fern Avenue to Willow Street
• Arnold Lane from Rowland Lane to near Chetco Avenue.

Tidewater Contractors of Brookings is performing the work, which includes grinding the existing pavement and repaving. City Public Works Department employees prepared the streets for paving. This work included minor storm drain repairs, removing weeds, adding rock base to road edges, repairing pot holes and sinks.

The amount of the paving contract is $219,738. The City is receiving about $290,000 annually in proceeds from the fuel tax.

“We hope to pick up some additional resurfacing at several locations as the work progresses and as funds remain available for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30,” Milliman said. “We had to drop one street from the original list because we need to complete some major storm drain work before we pave the street.” The postponed street is Ransom Avenue between Sixth Street and Kevin Place.

“We recognize that there are many other streets in the City that need repair,” Milliman said. “We are working on plans for the next project, which will occur in July or August.” Currently, the City is considering a paving project on Spruce Drive loop between Spruce Street and Linden Lane, Fifth Street between Barbra Lanes and Ransom Avenue, and Ransom Avenue between Fawn Drive and Pioneer Road.

The first project funded from new fuel tax proceeds was a slurry seal project involving about three miles of streets throughout town. “Had we not done that project, we would be losing the surface of a lot more streets today,” Milliman noted. “That project was intended to stabilize the streets for a few years until we have enough money to come back and do paving or reconstruction.”

A short video about the project is available by following this link.
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