Project upgrades concrete along King Street; paving work scheduled in 2016Concrete improvements have been under way since March and could continue into June on King Street and part of 19th Street.
City Street Division information shows that the work is part of a “pre-overlay concrete repair program” in preparation for a paving overlay that is scheduled next year.
The actual segments getting attention are King from 30th to 19th and 19th from King to Mesa Road.
According to Michael Hensley, the Street Division program supervisor, the current work involves replacing any concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters that have been damaged and “bringing corner locations up to standard with handicapped access.”
Performed by a city-bonded contractor, the work
Earlier work in the project upgraded the concrete on both sides of 19th from King to Mesa. The next phase was the north side of King, and the final phase is its south side. The most recent work has been just east of 30th Street, which at times has required King to be closed in both directions.
Contacted in early May, Hensley estimated that the project would take “three to five weeks,” which would put completion at the end of May or early to mid-June.
King was prioritized for attention this year and next under a city street-repair strategy to “focus on primary routes and residential collectors” that need work, Hensley said. King is defined as a collector.
This means that less-busy streets, such as those through neighborhoods, “won't be addressed until we get the arterials and collectors repaired,” he elaborated.
He also cautioned that plans to pave the areas getting concrete attention - including King and 19th - will not be definite until the 2016 budget is finalized late this year.
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