City street paving may begin this week

PARKERSBURG – Officials say a summer street paving project may begin as early as this week.

Mayor Bob Newell said a paving contract has been awarded to West Virginia Paving, the only bidder on the contract.

Newell said officials had planned to begin last week but several days of wet weather caused the start date to be pushed back.

Crews are expected to begin milling and paving roads later this week. If weather does not permit, the work should begin July 22.

“The weather looks clear from here on out, but that could change,” Newell said.

The city requested about $1.25 million in road work, but when the bids came in the cost was “about $1 million, which is what we were budgeting.”

Newell said last year actual costs came in below $1 million and allowed officials to add to the list of streets for repaving.

“Last year, due to the weather, we were able to keep paving into November,” he said. Asphalt purchased at the end of the season was used for spot repairs through the winter and into spring.

“This is the third year we’ve done a million dollars in milling and paving,” Newell said. “Now we are doing as much in a year as we had done in three years in the past.”

The city uses a Micro-PAVER pavement management system, which rates roads by reviewing condition and volume of traffic. Based on those ratings, roads are prioritized for repair during the summer months.

In years past the city allotted funding for road repairs and divided it among the nine council districts, having each Parkersburg City Council member then select streets within their districts for repairs, Newell said.

That system led to issues as it divided the pool of money and relied on personal preference rather than actual road conditions. Use of the Micro-PAVER system also has led to reduced cost as streets can be grouped together for more rapid paving.

An initial list of roads selected for paving was released in early June. Newell said later this summer officials will look at adding roads to that list.

The streets marked for work, in early June, are:

* Fern Street, from Sixth Avenue to Camden Avenue

* Grandview Street from 715 Grandview to Front Street

* 10th Avenue from Wilbur Street to Elder Street.

* Olive Street from West Virginia 95 to northwest dead end

* Broadway Avenue from Ridgeway Avenue to 13th Avenue

* 21st Avenue from Capital Drive to Beverly Street

* 14th Avenue from Pike Street for 520 feet

* 16th Avenue from Beverly Street to Fairfax Street

* Broadway Extension from Belmont Road to Pennsylvania Avenue

* Fourth Avenue from Lubeck Avenue to Fort Boreman

* Adams Street from Camden Avenue to Fourth Avenue

* Eighth Avenue from Victoria Avenue to the end

* Seventh Avenue from Victoria Avenue to the end

* 16th Street from St. Marys Avenue to Stephenson Avenue

* 17th Street from Stephenson Avenue to Park Street

* Oakhurst Avenue from Plum Street to Liberty Street

* Swann Street from Seventh Street to Grafton Street

* Avery Street from Seventh Street to 13th Street

* 11th Street from Avery Street to Cornwall Street

* 26th Street from Ohio Avenue to Murdoch Avenue

* 12th Street from Garfield Avenue for 300 feet

* 16th Street from Market Street and Cornwall Street

* Alley from 22nd Street to 24th Street

* St. Marys Avenue from 19th Street to Dudley Avenue

* Washington Avenue from Dudley Avenue to Park Avenue

* Clement Avenue from 23rd Street to 25th Street

* Maxwell Avenue from 18th Street to 19th Street

* Eastlawn Avenue from Worthington Street to Seventh Street

* 25th Street from Harrison Avenue to Gant Avenue

* Putnam Street from Seventh Street to south dead end

* Hudson Street from Foley Avenue to 35th Street

* 31st Street from Plum Street to Liberty Street

* Riverview Drive from Murdoch Avenue to the end

* Lakeview Drive from Hemlock Avenue to Linden Street

* Avery Street from 33rd Street to Lakeview Drive

* 40th Street from Willard Street to Emerson Avenue

* 42nd Street from Cypress Street to Stella Street.