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Council approves repaving contract for East Fifth Street, other city roads


Cars travel along East 5th Street near Holly Street on Tuesday. More than 27 miles of city-owned streets were approved for repaving by the City Council, including portions of East Fifth Street and Red Banks Road.


By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

More than 27 miles of city-owned streets were approved for repaving by the City Council, including portions of East Fifth Street and Red Banks Road. 

During Monday night’s City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve a $4.4 million contract to Rose Brothers Paving Company to complete the city’s 2018 Street Resurfacing Project. 

The project primarily addresses the repaving of 27.1 lane miles of city streets, as well as milling, deep patch repairs, ADA ramp upgrades, upgraded signal detection equipment, and pavement markings.

The list of repaving includes,

• East Fifth Street (from Holly Street to East Tenth Street);

• East Arlington Boulevard (Southeast Greenville Boulevard to Red Banks Road);

• Hooker Road (Greenbrier Drive to Horseshoe Drive);

• Red Banks Road (East Arlington Boulevard to Charles Boulevard).

Work is scheduled to begin early July. According to Public Works Director Kevin Mulligan, work on East Fifth which runs past East Carolina University’s campus and through the Tar River Neighborhood, will be prioritized, in an attempt to complete work before students arrive for the fall semester. 

Will Bell, District 3 City Councilman said he was especially excited about repairs made to Fifth Street.

“It excited me because Fifth Street is a vital artery of our city and arguably our most iconic,” he said. “Population density is very heavy in that area, so we have a large number of taxpayers driving on a road that is in need of repair. A large amount of the visitors that travel to Greenville, at some point or another, typically end up on that road. I think It is important that we keep one of our most-visited roads in top shape.”

Work on all the roads is scheduled to be complete before the end of the year.  

Mulligan said the city does not expect many major detours or closures, and expects most of the construction to be completed through closing one lane at a time and using signal flags and personnel. He said work on Fifth Street may lead to some detours. 

Bids for the project were to be open on May 1, but only one bid was submitted to the city. Per state law, staff re-advertised the project and received two bids on May 10. Rose Brothers Paving Company’s  total contract is $4,403,471.

The city’s 2018-19 budget includes $2.2 million for annual street resurfacing from Powell Bill funds, and $2.5 million is included in the 2019-20 budget. Because this project included some streets not yet scheduled in the annual resurfacing program, about $800,000 from bond funds will be utilized.

Council members on Monday said they were happy to hear about the plan, but many had questions regarding certain roadways in need of repair. Mulligan said that because increased funding is available for road repairs, the city needed to make up for lost ground. 

““We have 700 miles of road and we spent $400,000 on roads for about 15 years and now we’re spending $3-4 million on roads,” Mulligan said. “So we have a lot of roads to catch up on. We’re in need and have been in the need of doing 30 lanes miles per year, and we’re right at that now.” 

With the completion of this contract, the city will have improved nearly 120 miles of roadway since 2013, according to a new release.

Contact Seth Gulledge at Sgulledge@reflector.com and 252-329-9579.