Residents of several Elkin streets will see new asphalt going down in the next week or two, according to Elkin officials.
Streets included in the 2015-16 fiscal year paving schedule are Shore Street, Lauren Drive, Hawthorne Road, Marion Drive, Woodruff Street, Millview Drive and Wiles Street, reported Robert Fuller, Elkin’s public works director.
“We’ve been waiting on Carl Rose and Sons to finish up their state work, so we can get them done,” said Fuller of when the work should occur. He said likely it will be in the next week or so. The town is on the list right after the new Surrey Bank & Trust location’s parking lot, he said he was told.
“For the most part it is resurfacing what’s there,” Fuller said of the specific work to be done on the streets. “It is just our annual paving and resurfacing projects we do.
“We basically have a criteria that determines which streets are selected. It is the condition of the road; the condition of the utilities under the road, because we won’t pave a road with old stuff underneath it so if we have to do a repair we’d have to cut through new paving; the number of residents; and the volume of traffic is what we go by,” Fuller said.
Funding for the paving will be about $80,000 to $85,000 from the Powell Bill funding, which is state allotted money given to municipalities as a reimbursement for the town maintaining the streets, and another $75,000 out of the Elkin street department general fund, he reported.
“I think over the last 18 or 19 years, there are only a few streets in town that haven’t been resurfaced, just a handful. If a street hasn’t been paved in the last 15 to 20 years, it may be coming up in the next few years, or some streets may not get much traffic and are still in pretty good shape,” said Fuller.
The paving schedule is a working document that is ever-changing, Fuller explained. Typically he presents the paving projects for the next year at the board of commissioners’ annual retreat held in February.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.