Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 21, 2012

Council updated on nine road projects

City Engineer talked about status of current capital improvement projects

By RORYE O’CONNOR
rorye.oconnor@register-news.com

MT. VERNON — — City Engineer Scot Prindiville on Monday updated the City Council on the status of current capital improvement projects in the city.

Council member Dennis McEnaney requested the capital projects from Prindiville because there are “so many projects going on in the city,” he said.

The city is currently working on nine major road construction projects, at an estimated total cost of $18.9 million.

The Veterans Memorial Drive/Davidson Avenue extension project is 80 percent complete, according to information provided by the City Council.

“By the end of next week, all the pavement should be done,” Prindiville said at the meting. He added that the project probably will not be complete until the weather warms up, but it is “way ahead of schedule.”

The Veterans/Davidson extension is expected to cost about $4.5 million, information states.

Construction is about 40 percent complete on the South 34th Street project from Peach Street to Veterans Memorial Drive.

Prindiville said the construction firm has halted the project for the winter, but will return when the weather breaks. He said the project should be complete by July. The project is being done at a cost of about $1.7 million.

The engineer also spoke about a $4.5 million project to reconstruct 42nd Street from Victoria Road to Richview Road. The project is in the design process right now, with completion of design from 25 to 45 percent complete.

Prindiville said currently, the firm overseeing the project is identifying and contacting residents whose consent will be needed for right-of-way or easements on the project.

“We are a few weeks from identifying everybody we need easements from,” he said.

Design is 45 percent complete on a road construction project on Airport Road, from Liebengood Road to previous improvements on Airport Road, Prindiville said.

The survey work is complete on the project, information states, and construction is expected to finish in summer or fall of 2013.

The city is planning eight sidewalk or trails projects at a total estimated cost of $3.9 million.

Prindiville said three projects are currently out to bid. The project closest to completion is the Safe Routes to School sidewalk in the Fruit Bowl area, at about 60 percent complete.

“There’s a significant amount of work to do in relation to driveways,” Prindiville said.

Board member Ron Lash noted many driveways will be “greatly improved” by the work being done, and Prindiville said the city decided to replace the aprons on the driveways in question to make the sidewalk more uniform.

McEnaney asked if Prindiville had been speaking to residents about the Safe Routes to School project, because he believed there had been somewhat of an outcry concerning the project.

“We’ve had a whole lot of calls on a whole host of projects,” Prindiville said. “Most people see the positives coming out of this project.”

The city is in the process of completing five water projects at an estimated cost of $4.4 million.

Prindiville said the new storage tank behind Times Square Mall is complete, as is the water main at Veterans and Davidson.

“Construction should start any day” on a water main project on Conger Avenue, he added.

Finally, the city is working on three sewer projects at an estimated cost of $3.95 million.

Those projects are a 24” gravity sewer on Wells Bypass, which is 99 percent complete; a sewer and lift station at Veterans and Davidson, which is 75 percent complete; and a lift station on Shiloh Road near Magnum Steel, which is complete.

“Hopefully some of these projects will spur continued development,” Prindiville said.