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Portions of the asphalt pavement along parts of Main Street from Correas Street to the Main Street Bridge are showing localized structural failure that is resulting in uneven surfaces and cracking. To address the deteriorating surface conditions, the City Council has approved a contract for some significant repairs to those portions of the City’s central downtown roadway.
To minimize impact to motorists, pedestrians and Downtown businesses, the work will take place only at night, Sundays through Thursdays, between the hours of 10 pm. and 5 am (weather permitting). During daytime, the street will be completely open and usable. The project starts the night of Sunday, October 1, and will be completed no later than October 12, thus avoiding any conflict with the Pumpkin Festival.
The cost of the repairs is approximately $294,000, and the work involves cutting and removing portions of pavement, re-compacting the underlying base, and replacing the asphalt over the compacted base. Crosswalks will also be refreshed with new paint. The staff report approving this contract is online here.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause. The end result will be a refreshed, repaired roadway that will be an improvement for all who drive, walk, or work along those portions of Main Street.
Last year, the City took action in response to the accelerating erosion in the Seymour Drainage Ditch near Poplar Beach. The erosion was so significant that it was beginning to threaten the support and surrounding soil at the old Seymour Bridge. That bridge was replaced by a new one approximately 135 feet east of the old bridge site, away from the erosion.
Unfortunately, the significant rains that continued into 2017 have caused the erosion to continue to rapidly expand beyond predictions and expectations, requiring additional City action.
The City is implementing the Seymour Drainage Emergency Erosion Stabilization Project. This project is intended to temporarily protect the Seymour Drainage from further erosion while the City designs a more permanent stabilization solution. The temporary measures include installation of rock “check dams” and rock armoring, which will help protect the drainage ditch from ongoing erosion. The cost of the project is approximately $435,000.
The Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 2, 2017 and will be complete by mid-November. During the Project, materials and equipment will be stored at the south end of the Poplar Beach parking lot, requiring the closure of about half of the parking spaces. During the work, the Coastal trail between Poplar Beach and Seymour Bridge (including the bridge), will be temporarily closed for brief periods to allow equipment and materials to be moved on and off the site. Signage will be posted to let trail and beach visitors know about the Project, trail closures, and detours.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience that this work may cause. A more permanent solution to the erosion problem is expected to take two to three years to develop and implement.