Rogers to study need for pavement projects

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

Contributing Writer

 

The Rogers City Council gave its approval to a pavement rehabilitation feasibility study to help prioritize pavement projects in 2014.

The council also awarded the contract for a new sanitary sewer and lift station to service the proposed Kinghorn Industrial Park site and adjoining properties in the area of Rogers Drive and Brockton Lane.

 

Feasibility Study

City Engineer Bret Weiss told the Council that the City had been setting money aside for some pavement projects that they had been anticipating and it was time to start prioritizing projects and making plans for the 2014 construction season.

He referenced two sites, in particular: Industrial Boulevard and portions of Mallard Estates.

“Both have a need for rehabilitation. We’d like to get on it before they deteriorate so much that we have to do a full reconstruction,” he explained.

Weiss received approval from the Council to prepare a feasibility study of pavement improvement needs so the Council could plan for necessary projects in 2014.

 

Kinghorn Lift Station

The recent and future development of 92 acres north of Rogers Drive and extending past its eastern edge to Brockton Lane has necessitated a project to add 1,800 feet of sanitary sewer, 4,500 feet of forcemain, and a lift station to pump wastewater in order to get service to the new development sites.

The sites sit on land that has belonged to the Kinghorn family for more than a century. Its owner, Grady Kinghorn, feels it’s time to develop the land that has sat, relatively unused, for years.

With a much lower than expected bid from Northdale Construction Co., the project is expected to be completed for $732,000, which is $85,000 less than original estimates.

The majority of the costs will be paid by Kinghorn, future developers, and CLAM Corporation, which is located on part of the land. The City was originally planning on paying $300,000 towards the original estimated cost from City trunk funds, but may pay less in light of the reduced project costs.

Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed by November.

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