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Parkersburg parks paving under way

Project awarded before pandemic shutdown

Affordable Asphalt Maintenance has begun work on repaving portions of City and Southwood parks in Parkersburg. A piece of their equipment is shown on a recently paved section Wednesday. (Photo provided by Adam Stout)

PARKERSBURG — Although many city activities have been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, a project to repave parking and walking surfaces in City and Southwood parks is in progress.

The project was put out to bid and a notice to proceed issued to Affordable Asphalt Maintenance before social-distancing measures, stay-at-home orders and a spending freeze to prepare for the budget impact of the pandemic were enacted, Mayor Tom Joyce said. The $142,128 project is being paid for through the user fee and parking funds.

The contractor “provided us with a site safety plan both for their employees and the public,” Joyce said.

A representative from the city’s Engineering Department is frequently on site to monitor the project in general and make sure the safety protocols are being followed, he said.

In City Park, the Park Avenue entrance area, driving lane to the pavilion and most of the pavilion parking lot are being repaved, along with other spot repairs, city Engineer Adam Stout said.

Employees of Affordable Asphalt Maintenance mill a portion of the driving lane through Parkersburg City Park Tuesday. (Photo provided by Adam Stout)

“The entire City Park is going to get new sealing and striping,” he said.

At Southwood, the lots by the pool and basketball court are being repaved and striped, while the bandshell lot will get spot repairs, sealing and striping, Stout said. All lots will have cracks sealed as well.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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