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February 26, 2013

Street projects mean busy year for city crews

Corsicana — Corsicana street crews have an ambitious year ahead of them. Not counting the work by contractors, the public works department has more than a dozen projects outlined for the coming 10 months or so.

Among the projects on tap for 2013 are: Asphalt paving on North 26th at Lexington; on Lexington for one block from 25th to 26th; and on North Main between First and Second avenues.

Asphalt overlays are planned for Second Avenue from Commerce to Ninth and South Third Street from 14th to 16th Avenue.

“We just started East Sixth Avenue from Powell to Parham,” said Terry Franks, director of public works for the city. “It’s going to be a complete reconstruction of the street. Now, it’s just a street with ditches. It will have a curb and gutter. And we’re waiting on utility adjustments on Hackberry for a complete reconstruction there, too.”

The work on East Sixth is starting with a survey of the grade, so the curb and gutter on that street could start as soon as next week, Franks said.

Three more projects were added last week, when the City Council approved a budget amendment of $360,000.

New to the list are reconstruction of Oaklawn from Beaton to North 13th, where the street is crackling and pitted; North Main from First to Oaklawn; and North 13th from First to Oaklawn.

Obstacles to the various projects are multi-fold. For the overlays and asphalt work, the city crews need asphalt and that will require the asphalt plant to be back up and running first.

“We’ve got a couple of things that control me on that,” Franks said. “Paving equiment and the asphalt plant. The plant’s down for maintenance right now, but as soon as it’s back and running we’ll overlay those. We’re hoping for next month on those.”

The other projects are dependent on utility work first. The city has taken the approach that all street projects have to be preceded by utility adjustments, which means sometimes relocating lines, or replacing older ones. The advance work is designed to prevent having inevitable repairs tear up the new streets.

Utility work will need to be made on Hackberry, and the three new projects, Franks said.

“That’s what controls my work is when the utilties are cleared — gas, water and phone lines,” he said.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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