Street cleanup: Porterdale sets sights on road improvements

PORTERDALE - City Council members reached an agreement Thursday night to pursue comprehensive rehabilitation of Ivy Street, using funds from the 2005 special purpose local option sales tax collections.

Marty Boyd, engineer with the firm of Carter & Sloope, presented broad proposals to the council for improvements to city streets as part of an overall street improvement plan. The proposals grew out of a request by the council to identify problems with the streets and provide some engineering cost estimates for those projects.

Boyd said his approach was to identify the biggest problems in the city streetscape and then attach cost estimates to the projects so they could be prioritized based on need and cost. Boyd focused only on city streets east of the Yellow River.

"Pretty much all of the roads have issues, and one of the issues is that none of the roads have curb and gutter," Boyd said.

Boyd said curbing existed on some roads, but the roads have been resurfaced so many times that the asphalt is level with the curbing.

In addition, Boyd said in many cases the storm drain inlets are clogged or don't work effectively.

Improving all the roads in the inventory would cost in excess of $500,000, Boyd said, which is why it was important to create a priority list and a plan to phase-in repairs.

Boyd presented a proposal for the installation of speed humps on Ivy Street that would help control speeding on the street. The council became interested in installing speed humps after hearing complaints at a recent council meeting from two residents who live on the street.

In addition, Boyd presented three different versions of improvements for the intersection of Ivy and Hazel streets.

Boyd estimated that the entire Ivy Street project would cost $100,000, not including repairs to the drain inlets and piping.

The council agreed that tackling repairs and improvements to Ivy Street in a comprehensive manner that would have more impact than making minor repairs to a number of roads. Improvements could include installation of speed humps and striping, installation of signage, removal of existing curbing and asphalt, installation of new curb and gutter, installation of new asphalt, installation of sidewalks and landscaping.

The council also requested that Boyd provide pricing for topping the roads with concrete rather than asphalt, which is the way the streets were originally paved.

The council asked Boyd to bring more comprehensive cost estimating to the council's Nov. 2 meeting so a vote could be taken on putting the project out to bid at that time.

Alice Queen can be reached at alice.queen@newtoncitizen.com.