By Brandi Makuski
The city’s engineering department has had another busy summer.
Among the projects completed this year are the new seawall on the city’s north side, several chip sealing projects and reconstruction of Prentice Street between Maria Drive and Schofield Avenue, which was one of the city’s most pothole-addled corridors.
Finalizing FEMA-approval of the city’s seawall brings to a close more than a decade of construction and red tape, and lifted more than 200 households from the floodplain. While that move removes a requirement for homeowners in the area to purchase flood insurance, it simultaneously saddles the same homeowners with a special assessment to pay for the seawall construction. Many of those homeowners argued during the July City Council since the entire city benefits from the new seawall, the assessment should be spread evenly to all property owners in the city.
The Prentice Street project is just the first phase of roadway resurfacing project between Pacelli High School and Trig’s. Work on that corridor was finished Aug. 6.
The second phase of the project begins Monday, when crews will resurface Academy Avenue in front of the Trig’s grocery store.
Additional construction on the North Reserve Street/I-39 overpass continues on schedule, and the expected to be complete in mid-November. The city will begin work on installing LED street lights in that area sometime in September or October.
Additional details on these projects, as well as additional work scheduled for city road crews, will be discussed at Monday’s Board of Public Works. That meeting will be held at the Lincoln Center at 6:30 PM. The public is welcome to attend.