Resurfacing will begin within week

Milestone Contractors will begin resurfacing nearly 11 miles of Columbus streets starting in about a week.

The Columbus Board of Works awarded a $3.2 million contract to the company to repave about 30 sections of roadway throughout the city.

Two sections that were bid as an alternate — Taylor Road between 10th and 25th streets and 25th Street between Taylor and Talley — are not being done, but the city still hopes to do the sections this year, Mayor Kristen Brown said. Those sections came in at $883,020.95, city records show.

The first phase of the city’s concrete street repair project, which cost $265,000, is finishing up now, Brown said. The city has budgeted about $1 million for concrete street repairs in 2015.

More concrete streets may be repaired in a second phase this summer, but an exact list must wait until bids are sought for the work, she said.

Milestone will work with Randy Sims, senior engineering technician in the city engineer’s office, to determine a schedule of how the asphalt repaving will proceed this summer.

Among the sections of roadway scheduled to be repaved are Franklin Street between 16th and 19th streets and Washington Street between Seventh and 11th streets.

There are 139 ramps that are a part of the project, Sims said.

Completion date for this phase of asphalt resurfacing is scheduled for October, the city’s contract with Milestone states.

The city began a deferred maintenance program on roads in 2013, spending $4 million to resurface 24 miles of street that year.

Projects continued in 2014 with a $3.5 million appropriation to resurface 24 miles of street and to address needed concrete repairs.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.