7 alleys to be paved in city

Seven alleys in Columbus will get paved starting in early September as part of an annual maintenance overlay plan by the city’s Department of Public Works.

The Columbus Board of Works on Tuesday approved a $26,113 contract with Robertson Paving, based in Flat Rock, to provide an asphalt overlay to seven designated alleys in the city. The alleys slated for improvement are:

North/south alley between 2415 and 2409 Sixth St. to Fourth Street

East/west alley between 2027 and 2101 Chestnut St. from Chestnut to California streets

East/west alley at 41 N. Gladstone to the alley

North/south alley between 13th and 14th streets at Court Street and Iowa Street.

East/west and north/south alleys between 2319 and 2315 Caldwell Place to 23rd Street.

North/south alley between 1413 and 1419 25th St. to the alley

North/south alley between Pennsylvania and Caldwell Place at 19th and 20th streets

The public alleys were selected based on a visual inspection and phone calls received by the city, said Bryan Burton, the city’s director of public works. Work is expected to begin in early September and should be wrapped up by Sept. 29.

“In the long run, it’s cheaper to pave than to put stone down,” Burton said. “Once we pave it, we shouldn’t have to be back for 15 years; that’s a good guess.”

Members of the public who want to get a public alley paved are asked to call the city’s garage at 812-376-2508. Once a request is made, the city will put it in a logbook for consideration before going out to look at its condition, Burton said.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com