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|Aldermen Have Lengthy Debate on Road Resurfacing Project
|What turned out to be the lengthiest discussion of the night for the Galesburg City Council Monday night was over whether or not a deteriorating brick street should be resurfaced.
After initially tabling the motion and then removing it from the table, the Galesburg City Council voted to spend nearly $400,000 with Galesburg-based Guenther Construction to overlay Third Street from Pearl to Day Streets with asphalt over a brick street, and adding curb and gutter work along with new storm sewer inlets so water after a heavy rain can drain into them quicker.
Third Ward Aldermen Russell Fleming opposed the plan because, he says, a brick street should remain a brick street. "We know the brick has lasted 70 years," Fleming said. "The asphalt won't last 40 years without maintenance. The road needs to be fixed. I want it fixed."
Fleming called on the city to prepare cost estimates and specifications to have the bricks taken out and replaced with asphalt, and to have the road instead replaced with new bricks. But City Manager Dane Bragg says there's just no time for that. "We're not going to be able to have a project done this year," Bragg said. "If we go to a brick surface or a concrete surface, it has to be redesigned. We have to redo all the civil drawings and bring it back to bid, etc. (The city engineers) wouldn't be able to hit this construction season."
What's more, Bragg says, the street isn't targeted as being able to be restored under the city's brick street reconstruction program.
Construction on Third Street is scheduled to start next Tuesday and last through mid-July.
|05 19 09 by Newsroom
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