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Dixon gets head start on next batch of road resurfacing

September 19, 2018

DIXON – The city is getting an early start with planning for its next round of road resurfacing.

The goal is to spend about $4.5 million this year and next year to catch up on a backlog of resurfacing work and implement a smooth system going forward to choose what streets get fixed.

This year’s $1.2 million resurfacing package spans 85 blocks across 15 roads, and the city recently added seven blocks on three streets after saving about $200,000 with in-house work and not needing as much concrete patching as expected.

Earlier this week, the City Council approved hiring Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental for $265,500 to start on next year’s project engineering.

Next year’s list of roads to be resurfaced includes about 67 blocks across 11 streets, including North Peoria Avenue from the bridge to Everett Street in front of Dixon High School, a road that’s in much need of repair.

Public Works Director Matt Heckman said the engineering price tag is a bit higher for 2019 because of extra work needed to access federal aid route funds for six streets that qualify.

Those roads are West Graham Street, Fourth Avenue, Peoria Avenue, McKenny Street, and First and Seventh streets.

The city had anticipated spending $2 million this year on resurfacing but bids came in below original estimates.

The overall project is being funded with a mix of federal road dollars, motor fuel tax money and revenue from the city infrastructure tax.

The city paid Willett, Hofmann and Associates about $31,681 to conduct a city-wide street assessment, which was completed in December 2016 and ranks roads by their condition, and the plan is to update that system each year and use it to identify what roads are at the top of the list to be resurfaced.

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