Colonial Heights officials are planning multiple road repairs in 2018

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Just as people are starting to get used to the round-a-bout on Temple, officials are planning to begin construction and repairs on different roads across the city. The Progress-Index previously reported that Stratford and Mallard Drives are both going to undergo reconstruction. After the Public Works department received bids in November of 2017, Finley Asphalt was chosen as the contractor to complete those roads.

The Public Works Department receives a decent amount of money from the State and Federal Government for transportation projects, Department Director William Henley says the money will be used for these projects.

The cost of the Mallard Drive projected is expected to be $80,000.  The work will consist mostly of  patching and sealing of the pavement.

According to Kelsey Reichenberg, “The work to be done to Stratford Drive is more extensive and is projected to cost $217,000. The work will include removing and replacing inlets, curb, gutter and driveway entrance aprons, and applying seed, fertilizer and lime to the disturbed soil area. The Stratford Drive project will also involve removing the surface of the existing pavement, patching pavement, removing and/or installing asphalt gutter wedges, and applying micro-surfacing.”

The city is also planning to resurface part of the Boulevard with a million-dollar award they received under a state program. The Boulevard will be resurfaced from Newcastle Drive to Yew Avenue.

We have a consultant working on [the Boulevard resurfacing project] now who’s going to be delivering the bid documents to us by the end of the month,” said Henley. “We’ve already committed to VDOT to get construction underway in April. The work [on the Boulevard] will be very prominent because of [it being a] commercial area. We’re looking at having a combination of day and night work to try to minimize the inconvenience and disruption.”

There will also be more work done in the middle of the city. As part of the city’s pavement preservation program, Colonial Heights Public Works has signed a contract with Blakemore Construction for $329,000 to resurface streets in the area south of Ellerslie Avenue and west of Conduit Road.

Henley says they also need to modernize a part of Dupuy Ave – “We hope to start construction on that project later this year. It’s been around for quite a while, but we’re just trying to tie up all loose ends so we can start advertising for bids later this year,” said Henley. “It’s a fairly important street because it provides access to VSU and southern Chesterfield County.”

First reported by Kelsey Reichenberg, she may be reached at kreichenberg@progress-index.comor 804-722-5109.

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