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City will spend $200k more than usual on streets

March 27, 2019 - 00:00
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    This map shows the streets that will be undergoing improvement this summer as part of the city of Weimar’s 2019 street improvements.

WEIMAR — The city of Weimar will spend around $600,000 annual street improvements this year on repairing streets—around $200,000 more than the city usually spends per year on street paving, members of the Weimar City Council were told last Thursday.

The project, council members were told, is a little more expensive than usual because it also includes paving the parking lots at city hall, the Weimar Public Library, and the Weimar Post Office, as well as expanding the parking lot at the Weimar Police Station.

The council voted without dissent to approve an engineering contract for the project that will allow the city to get bids on the actual street work.

Weimar City Manager Mike Barrow told council members there would be a lot of basework necessary to increase the width of some streets from 19-feet wide to 21-feet wide.

“This ought to definitely improve some of these streets,” Barrow said.

“The main reason we are going to need to spend about $200,000 more is all of the rain we’ve received over the last three years,” Barrow told the Council. “It’s not what we are used to seeing,” he said.

“Next year, what we anticipate is spending about $185,000 and then get, hopefully, around to $300,000 a year,” he said. “That’s where we really want to be,” Barrow noted.

Portions of Franklin Street, N. Mechanic Street, East. Post Office Street, N. East Street, Jackson Street, Market Street, Church Street, St. Charles Street, E. Exchange Street, S. Mechanic Street, S. Saint Andrew Street and S. Center Street are among those slated for improvement in 2019.