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Paving could begin as soon as today

Posted 8/09/16 (Tue)

Paving could begin as soon as today

By Jody Michael
Crosby’s citywide street reconstruction could move into the much-awaited paving phase as soon as today, Mayo Construction project superintendent Bill Werven said at a progress meeting Thursday.
Werven said he expects two asphalt pavers to arrive in Crosby this week and spend “at least a couple weeks” applying a fresh, new road surface to the roughly 50 blocks seeing reconstruction this summer.
The recent lack of rain has helped Mayo get more streets ready to pave, Werven said.
“We’ve had a pretty good run,” Werven said. “If we have a couple more weeks like that, it’ll go pretty good.”
“We’ve got a lot ready for them, so they should be able to keep going pretty good,” Werven said. “I can’t guarantee we’ll be done by the time school starts, but I don’t know if that’ll even be an issue.”
Though no blocks adjacent to either school building are part of the project, Werven said a few that are near them may get higher priority -- but not higher than Main Street.
“If we have Main Street all ready, that’s what we’ll do first,” Werven said.
Other streets that will be among the first to see paving include Fourth and Eighth avenues on the south side of town, he added.
Some streets might see more truck traffic than usual in order to get the paving machines where they need to be, Werven advised. He said he will instruct the pavers to avoid driving on side streets whenever possible.
“There’s only certain ways to get into some of these streets,” Werven said. “I’ll show them the routes and try to tell the truck drivers where not to go.”
Each block takes only a couple of hours to pave but won’t necessarily reopen to motorists within the day, Werven said, as the roads need time for initial hardening.
“We don’t want to encourage traffic and have people track dust and stuff,” Werven said. “We don’t want a parade coming through. I would expect to use alternate routes.”
The next progress meeting is scheduled for Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Community Center.