The last of six major roadwork projects in Abilene began Monday.
The resurfacing project was scheduled to begin Nov. 1 but was postponed due to weather conditions.
Megan Santee, Abilene’s Interim Director of Public Works, said the construction begins at South Danville Drive and continues to South Pioneer Drive. Various lanes will be closed throughout the project, but at least one eastbound and one westbound lane will be constantly open to allow traffic flow. The contracted time for the project is 20 working days – or about four weeks – depending on the weather.
The project will cost the city a little over $100,000, but $97,000 comes from the Federal Government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more commonly called the Stimulus Act. The city has already completed five other major roadwork projects.
“The funding came through the Abilene Metro Planning Organization,” Santee said. “They evaluated the projects that qualified in the area and awarded the funding based on those qualifications.”
Abilene City Engineer Chad Carter said the city has contracted Stevens and Martin Paving to resurface South 14th Street.
“The surface is going to be removed and repaved,” Carter said. “There will be no widening or lane changes – they will just be replacing and restoring the top level.”