The City Engineer’s office is seeking $2 million to spend on road improvements this year that will involve milling and overlaying asphalt and concrete street patching. City Council approved an ordinance on first reading Monday night to release funding. A final vote is set for the Council’s next meeting on June 26.
City Engineer Brent Schmitt said the funds will be used for two contracts. One will be for asphalt on Burkhardt Road, from Columbia Street to Morgan Avenue; Green River Road, from Lincoln Avenue to Covert Avenue; Maryland Street, from St. Joseph Avenue to Fulton Avenue; and Mt. Auburn Road, from Maryland to St. Joe.
The second contract will be for concrete patching of individual concrete panels throughout the city. Some of the major roads include Columbia, from Fulton Avenue to Wabash Avenue; Claremont Avenue spur, from Claremont to Barker Avenue; and Veterans Memorial Parkway, from Kentucky Avenue to Shawnee Drive.
Schmitt said the road improvements should begin sometime this fall. The projects will be funded through a special distribution of the Local Option Income Tax the city received in 2016.