After almost five years of planning for streets in the West Point city limits to be repaired, work finally began Wednesday at Lone Oak Park, just one of several streets to be repaired by Falcon Contracting over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, workers began pulling up speed bumps, patching and digging the street at Lone Oak Park, and today the crew is expected to do some overlay. Randy Jones, Chief Administrative Officer, said the contractors will probably be working on Lone Oak the rest of the week and move to the next street on Monday. City officials expect Kennedy Drive to be the next street that Falcon will repair.
Arthur Hodge, who lives in Lone Oak Park, stood outside and watched as Falcon contractors pulled up parts of the damaged road and said he is glad the road will finally be smooth for traffic to flow across.
“I think it's good that they are finally doing it,” Hodge said. “It's long overdue. It's been in need of repair for a number of years, so it's good that they're trying to improve on it.”
Hodge said the many potholes that were on roads in Lone Oak Park are what gave him the most trouble throughout the years and is hopeful that Falcon can fix the street problems for the long term.
“They come through and fill them, but when the next rain comes, it washes out,” Hodge said. “To me that was just money thrown away. If you fix it right, it will last a number of years. Hopefully they'll do it right this time so it will last.”
The estimated street project to fix approximately 15 streets is about $1 million, $200,000 more than the city had left in street bond money after the Main Street bridge was completed, Jones said. Lone Oak Park alone is estimated to cost $118,524 for repairs.
The city is helping to haul and dump dirt and assist Falcon with any other services necessary to complete the streets, which in turn will allow for more streets to be repaired within the city, Jones said.
“If they don't have to use the service, it's going to save us some money so that we can do more,” Jones said. “We're doing everything we can to keep them from having to do extra stuff.”
Falcon Contracting came out last week to survey all the roads to be repaired, and Jones said the contractors didn't run into any problems that might delay the work.
“I think that they did a very professional job of looking at what it is we really need to do,” Jones said. “As far as I know, there wasn't anything unusual that I saw.”
Depending on the weather, the entire street project may be completed by the end of January.
“If it takes less time than that, then everybody will be happy,” Jones said.
After the street repairs are completed, the life of the streets will be 15 to 20 years, depending on the traffic, Jones said.