Pell City to spend $748,000 on paving in new year
by DAVID ATCHISON
PELL CITY — City Manager Patrick Draper said the city could start its new $748,000 road paving project by March.

“It depends on the weather,” Draper said, adding that warm weather is required for road paving.

He said Mill Village roads scheduled for repaving are at the top of the project list.

Roads in the Mill Village scheduled for repaving this fiscal year include 29th Street, and 3-7th avenues north.

Other streets tentatively scheduled for repaving in March include a section of Pleasant Valley at Old Coal City Road, Mays Drive, Jeanne Pruitt Drive, Sage Drive, Morning Glory, 23rd Street, Moss Hill, Nathan Lane, Mays Bend Drive, Well Pump Road, Posey Drive, Third and Fourth avenues south at 19th Street, and patching at Morningside subdivision.

“The roads ya’ll are talking about are in bad need (of paving),” Councilman Terry Templin said at a recent council meeting. “I’m glad this is going to be taken care of.”

Other road work included in the project is striping on the Jefferson State Parkway, crosswalk striping at 3rd Avenue North at First Baptist Church, the construction of a merge lane at First Avenue South and 21st Street, and some road work at the corner of the old Nufab.

Officials said the list of roads to be repaved can change and other roads could be added.

At Monday night’s meeting, the council authorized Draper to solicit bids for the road paving project.

The council also authorized Draper to spend $48,700 for road striping throughout the city.

Draper said the $48,700 should pay for about 80 miles of road striping.

Council President James McGowan told Draper he would like the city to go ahead and stripe the roads as the paving is done, and striping should be included in the road paving price.

“We can do it cheaper when the road is being repaved,” McGowan said. “This is something that should be included in the price.”

Draper told the council it costs about $600 per mile for single striping and about $1,300 for double striping per mile.

Draper said the city has money on hand for the upcoming road paving project. He said the city could pay for the road project with its 4-cent and 7-cent gasoline taxes, and with money remaining from the 2006 bond issue.

“The city will have no new debt by doing this,” he said.

Draper said alleys cannot be paved at this time, because there are old water lines in the alleys that need replacing first.

“Sewer and water lines are behind the businesses downtown,” he said.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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