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City makes paving, sidewalk, safety choices
by Noreen Cochran
April 17, 2013 12:54 PM | 1531 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody drivers will find the streets smoother by the end of 2013 now that the city is poised to hire a contractor to patch and pave 26 roads.

Public Works Director Michael Smith at a work session last week got the go-ahead to put Marietta-based Blount Construction Co. on the agenda for May 13, when the city council will have its next voting meeting.

Three of the city council members — Adrian Bonser, Lynn Deutsch and John Heneghan — were absent for last week’s session, which occurred during spring break.

Smith updated Mayor Mike Davis and council members Denis Shortal, Doug Thompson and Terry Nall on the paving project, for which Blount put in the low bid of about $1.7 million.

Selecting those streets was “like fitting a puzzle together,” Smith said about postponing road work on streets where water mains have to be replaced first.

Davis said a 2009 laser survey by Infrastructure Management Services “took the politics out of choosing streets” and asked when the next test will take place.

“The longer we do this, we start seeing roads that deteriorated faster than we thought they would,” he said.

Smith said testing will be done after the 2013 paving is finished.

Also after paving, the contractor will paint bicycle lanes on Crown Pointe Parkway and North Peachtree, Vermack, Peachford and Meadow Lane roads.

Blount again was the low bidder at about $215,000 for a full-depth reclamation project on Mill Race and Vermack courts, Dunwoody Park North and Redfield Drive.

The process fixes severely distressed pavement by grinding it with the underlying soil and cement to form a new base, which is then spread and coated with asphalt.

The two projects together are $300,000 under the $2.2 million budgeted, which is enough to patch and pave another mile.

“If we do come in under budget, I would like to add streets. We have plenty of streets that need the work,” Thompson said.

That $300,000 may be allocated to $260,000 sidewalks for Hensley Drive and Mount Vernon Way and a $40,000 study of pedestrian routes and crosswalks near schools, under a budget amendment Smith presented.

Dunwoody Elementary School transportation committee head Rosemary Gorham said she supported the study.

“We need to make our streets safer to encourage more people to walk, especially around our schools,” she said. “We have drivers who think it’s OK to drive around school crossing guards.”

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