Council paves the way for street repairs

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Several neighborhoods in Chico will be getting new streets this summer.

On Tuesday, the Chico City Council approved the general services agreement and the task order with KSA Engineers for the two-phase street project. Construction is expected to start June 1 after bids have been awarded and the contract is executed.

The project is in two phases due to water and sewer upgrades that still need to take place under some of the streets.

“Our city public works staff will be replacing sewer lines under phase two while phase one paving is being completed by a contractor,” Mayor J.D. Clark said. “We don’t repave streets without upgrading the water and sewer lines under them first, because we don’t want to later have to dig through a new street to repair a water or sewer line.

“While most of the infrastructure under these streets has been upgraded in preparation for this project, we still have a few blocks of sewer lines to upgrade under the phase two streets. We expect approximately a 30-day lapse between phase one and phase two.”

Phase 1 of the project will include East Jacksboro Street, East Decatur Street and Flower Lane. Phase 2 will include South Hovey, South Buffalo, Blanton, Church and College.

Clark said that drainage improvements will also alleviate “pooling” issues that occur after rain at the intersection of Blanton and Weatherford streets.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council called a special election to take place May 11 to fill the seat vacated by Chris Richey, and designated City Secretary Trisha Payne as one of the required signers for bank paperwork.

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