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Asphalt resurfacing planned for summer

The City of Dickinson is planning a mill and overlay project for the 2018 construction season.

The project this year will focus on streets between Sixth and Ninth Street, from Highway 22 to Fourth Avenue East.

"It's really a continuation of the work we did last year," Craig Kubas, city engineer, said. "We mill off the top layer of the asphalt, typically one inch and then we pave back between an inch and an inch and a half of new asphalt, for a wearing course of new asphalt."

Resurfacing extends the life of the city's roads, Kubas said.

"We try to do these every 20 years," he said. "These streets have lasted longer than 20 years. We find that in Dickinson, where we have a good soil underneath, the pavement typically lasts a little longer. This is extending the life of our pavement without having to completely tear up the street."

With the resurfacing, adjacent sidewalks are given a needed upgrade.

"This has been our past practice in Dickinson for several decades," Kubas said. "When we do these older neighbors and we mill and overlay the streets, we also make all the concrete pedestrian facilities, the sidewalks and ramps, (Americans with Disabilities Act) compatible."

An official start date for the project has not been set.

"It will start hopefully as soon as the weather allows," Kubas said. "We typically give the contractor the entire construction season to get them completed. We want them done by October. So, whenever they fit it into their schedule."

People living in the area are taken into consideration.

"We make a requirement in the plans that they maintain access to all the residences all the time," Kubas said. "There might be five minutes where the paver goes in front of your house, where you can't get into your driveway, or where the milling machine is going in front of your driveway, but beyond that we try to accommodate access all the time."

Last year's resurfacing project, from City Hall to Sixth Street, went well, Kubas said.

"In the older part of town, you never know what you can run into," he said. "Last year we did find some areas along the intersections that had concrete slabs underneath the asphalt that were unexpected. We think they might have been concrete crosswalks before the streets were even paved."

He added, "We did have to go in and remove those."

Kubas compares such projects to home remodeling.

"Sometimes when you dig into an old house, or an old street in this case, you never know exactly what you'll find," he said, "but nothing we would anticipate being a major change for us."

Though the project has yet to go to bid, the cost is estimated at roughly $1.3 million.

The project is being paid for with one cent sales tax funds and no special assessment.