City board approves solicitation of bids to resurface streets

By | April 9, 2018 5:55 am

Oakwood Street, which is located near Sparta-White County Senior Senior, is listed as the number one street that is in need of resurfacing.

With the recent completion of one infrastructure project, City of Sparta officials began moving forward April 5 with soliciting bids to resurface several city streets after months of researching and planning.

Over the past several months, the mayor, aldermen, and   public works officials have been working toward developing a list of possible roadway resurfacing projects the city could address over the course of 2018 and 2019.

To generate such a list, Dillard Quick, Sparta public works director, along with public works employees, has worked to compile a list of roads that are “project-ready.” For the roads to be considered for resurfacing, all of the underground utilities, such as water and sewer, needed to be in good working order and not in need of current or near future major services/repairs that would result in digging up the roadway.

Once the list of “project-ready” or near “project-ready” streets were compiled, they were ranked in level of severity and vehicle traffic. The following streets are the top six streets (in order) that were compiled and presented to the board for consideration to be resurfaced over the course of 2018 and 2019.

(1) Oakwood Street – 2,600 feet long and 24 feet wide with an estimated cost of $130,000

(2) South Carter Street – 2,060 feet long and 22 feet wide with an estimated cost of $115,000

(3) Polk Street – 500 feet long and 20 feet wide with an estimated cost of $20,000

(4) Allen Drive – 840 feet long and 30 feet wide with an estimated cost of $60,000. An additional $16,000 will be needed to complete 16 water service connection changeovers from an old line to an existing new line

(5) South Church and Maple Street – 700 feet long and 24-26 feet wide with an estimated cost of $30,000. An additional estimated $10,000 will be needed to replace a water line from Bockman Way to the Farmers Market

(6) Hampton Drive – 500 feet long and 24 feet wide with an estimated cost of $25,000. Before resurfacing, seven water service connections will also need to be changed over to the new line at an estimated cost of $7,000

Following a brief discussion by the aldermen and mayor, the board voted unanimously to approve solicitation of bids for the six listed streets to be resurfaced.

In other business, the board:

-Approved a bid from Mid-South Construction in the amount of $33,000 to replace the roof on Sparta Fire Station #1

-Authorized solicitation of bids for refurbishing the sign at the Sparta/White County Industrial Park

-Approved an application for sewer connection outside the city limits for Bailey Investments (CB Trucking) at 6150 Roberts- Matthews Highway

-Discussed various citywide projects, including reopening of city park’s restrooms, mulching projects, and construction of a new sanitation storage facility

-Report from codes enforcement stating three residential construction projects are ongoing; former Coffman’s Muffler Shop is scheduled to be demolished to make room for the new construction of CH Donuts’ future location

-Approved purchase of two Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.) for Sparta Electric

City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., April 19 2018, at city hall. The meetings are livestreamed via and the Expositor’s Facebook page.

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