Hamburg examines streets

By Paul Downer
Community Editor

By Paul Downer

Community Editor

Aside from portions of Sophia Avenue and Jacob Street, along with Central Street and Robert Avenue, Hamburg’s roads are in relatively good condition.

That was the news presented to the Hamburg City Council by city engineer Justin Black during the council’s only meeting of the month on Tuesday, July 10.

The streets mentioned above were the only candidates for total reconstruction mentioned by Black, who presented a comprehensive street inventory report that listed and prioritized streets in need of the most repairs. Separate priority lists were compiled for streets needing reconstruction, partial reconstruction, milling and overlay, crack sealing and seal coating.

Nearly half of the city’s streets, according to Black do not need any repairs beyond the basic crack sealing and seal coating maintenance.

The council had been awaiting the report before deciding on any street maintenance work for 2012. After Black was finished, council members agreed to go ahead with seal coating on Louisa Street, Maria Avenue, Donald Avenue and a small portion of Brad Street from Donald Avenue to the north. Next year the council may look into undertaking some of the more extensive reconstruction work.

In addition, the county will be milling and overlaying the main route through town, County Road 50, sometime this year, but the city has not received a definite date for that work yet. Council members approved a joint powers agreement to allow that project to take place during the meeting. The cost of the County Road 50 work is an estimated $51,611, which the county will simply withhold over a period of about five years from the road aid it typically allots the city.

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