ORN overlays city roads with new asphalt

The city of Oak Ridge North is in the process of overlaying all city roads with new asphalt in a road improvement project valued at about $1.2 million.



The two-phase road overlay project is ongoing and will include renovations of all city streets, except for Robinson Road, as early as March 2015, Public Works Director Joe Sherwin said. The project is paid for by funds set aside for capital improvement projects within the city budget.



"It is primarily just maintenance," Sherwin said. "To avoid showing favoritism to one area or another, [City Council] decided to just do it all at once. It also gives us a pretty good starting period for our maintenance schedule from here on out."



The first phase includes roads south of Robinson Road and is expected to be complete in time for the Christmas holiday. The second phase, which includes roads north of Robinson Road, is expected to begin in early 2015 and to be complete as early as March, depending on weather conditions and availability of construction crews, Sherwin said.



Overlay work along Maplewood Drive, however, will be delayed until after the completion of planned San Jacinto River Authority construction in the area.



"We are not doing Maplewood Drive until the very end because of the SJRA project, which is a waterline coming in underneath the pavement," Sherwin said. "We don't want to overlay that until that project is finished."



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