Each year sizzling days of Summer mean you can find workers rehabilitating Athens Streets and the 2019 projects are underway.
"The wet weather this summer has put the street crews slightly behind schedule, but we still anticipate completing all streets by the end of summer," said City Manager Elizabeth Borstad.
The city has already competed work on Martin Luther King Blvd and East Clinton from Lucas to Robbins. Borstad said preparations to repair Ford Street are underway and Wood Street will follow.
The city also plans to complete milling and overlay of College Street and Old Town Alley.
Some of the major repairs the city undertakes now were not possible a few years ago. Athens didn't even have its own asphalt paver until 2015.
Athens officials use several guidelines for choosing roads for improvement during any given year. The condition of the road and the amount of traffic are among determining factors.
The estimated cost for the Overlay Program was $192,182 and the estimated cost for the Seal Coat Program was $154,965.
The following streets were identified for the 2019 overlay program:
• Faulk – Larkin to Massey
• E Clinton – Lucas to Robbins
• MLK Jr. Blvd – First to MLK Jr. Circle
• Wood – E. Tyler to Old Rail Road Tracks
• Colonial – Arrowhead to Valle Vista
• Ford – Massey to Allen
• Old Town Alley – Entire Street
• College – Palestine to Prairieville
Fiscal Year 2019 Seal Coat Program
• Old Kaufman – entire Street
• Athens Brick Rd. - entire Street
• Airport Rd. - entire Street
• Scott – Striven to railroad tracks
• Oval – Hillside to Hillside
• N. Prairieville – Larkin to Scott
– Wooded Creek – one-half of east section -