A multi-year street paving strategy and a major repair project on North Bank Chetco River Road were approved by the Brookings City Council this week.
The Council approved a program for utilizing an estimated $300,000 in annual revenue that would be generated by the proposed Fuel Tax Measure appearing on the May 19 ballot. If approved, the Fuel Tax would remain in effect for three years.
The Council had earlier approved a program to slurry seal some three miles of City streets, repaving Hassett Street between Old County Road and Pioneer Street, and constructing a sidewalk along a section of Easy Street as the first year program of work using Fuel Tax revenues.
At its meeting this week, the Council approved a program of work for the second and third years during which Fuel Tax revenue would be received. These repaving projects would include:
• Arnold Street between Iris Street and Rowland Lane.
• Hemlock Street between Willow Street and Fern Avenue.
• Old County Road between Pacific Avenue and Rosichelli Lane.
• Spruce Drive loop between Spruce Street and Linden Lane
• Fifth Street between Barbra Lane and Ransom Avenue,
• Ransom Avenue between Fawn Drive and Pioneer Road.
Several of the projects will include drainage and sidewalk improvements.
The Council awarded a $48,960 contract to Tidewater Construction to repair a section of North Bank Chetco River Road that is collapsing unto a neighboring property. The edge of the road has collapsed, leaving a section of the guard rail suspended.
“If we don’t get this project completed soon, there is a risk that more of the road will collapse and we would need to restrict vehicle traffic to one lane,” said City Manager Gary Milliman.
Public Works/Development Services Director Loree Pryce reported that the road only serves one City resident, while serving hundreds of unincorporated area residents. “We requested funding to assist with this project from the County, but they declined,” Pryce said.
The City Council had also approved an $83,107 project to repair a slope failure on Marine Drive at an earlier meeting. These two projects together will consume 96 per cent of the City’s total streets repair and repaving budget for the current fiscal year.
Mayor Ron Hedenskog noted that many of the streets for which the City is responsible also serve unincorporated area residents and visitors.