Five streets described as being in rough shape will be undergoing some much-needed mill-and-overlay work as the Manchester City Council received good news concerning its tax revenue.
Despite initial concerns about potential economic impacts stemming from COVID-19, City Manager Tim Vick said the local option sales tax revenue numbers pouring in have made staff comfortable enough to move forward with these rehabilitation projects and the city would not need to borrow any money to complete them.
In total, the mill-and-overlay portion of the project is expected to cost just shy of $245,000, but after factoring in variables like manhole and water valve box upgrades, the council has budgeted $270,000 for the project.
“Initially I thought we were going to do three or four of these, but we are able to do all five,” Vick said, adding that with the amount of work the city has on the books for its five-year plan, it would be wise for the city to get these streets done while it has the means and the time.
The five mill-and-overlay projects include: East Marion Street from South Franklin Street to South Tama Street; Elm Street from North Fourth Street to North Third Street; North Fourth Street from West Acres Street to Seely Street; South Third Street from the south side of the railroad to south of Grant Street; South Fifth Street from the railroad to Grant Street.
While the start date is weather dependent and up to the contractor, the city can’t be billed until July 1, the start of the next fiscal year, but staff expects these projects to have quick turnaround times.
The project will have day-to-day local detours and impacted property owners will be contacted before construction begins.
“The nice thing with the mill-and-overlay is that you can drive on it during the process,” Vick said, adding crews can alternate which side of the road they are working on so one lane can remain open. “Traffic will be able to get through, it’s just going to be a little inconvenient the day of.”
Vick also described this summer as one in between two big projects because the city is gearing up for another major street project in 2022.
Looking to next summer, city staff is working on hiring an engineer and doing the prep work to hold meetings with impacted property owners as the total reconstruction process is more of a disruption than the mill-and-overlay.
The 2022 project will more or less pick up where the 2020 project stopped, focusing on the area from Stiles Street and McCarren Drive.
The council will hold a public hearing March 8 to discuss a possible $1,000,000 loan for the 2022 project.