Latest City Street Projects Underway
The latest city street sales tax project is currently underway, as crews began work on 7th Street last week in preparation of the inner lanes being resurfaced. During last Monday’s city council meeting, city administrator Ian Martell relayed that Bettis Asphalt arrived in Eureka about one month ahead of schedule. As a result, city crews had not completed the intersection of 7th and School streets, as the plan was to replace it with concrete and correct drainage issues before the asphalt crews arrived. Martell explained that the city will finish the intersection after Bettis is finished. At their last meeting, the council discussed increasing the thickness of the new asphalt, from 1.5 to 2.5 inches to prevent cracking. Martell spoke with Bettis and relayed that the additional 30-35% cost would not be justified, as the extra asphalt would only delay the cracking slightly. The council discussed that they are currently in the fifth year of the 10-year sales tax. Martell noted that there are 42 miles of streets in Eureka, most of which are paved. “Divided by the money we have to pave them, it’s not much,” he added.
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