Four Maplewood Streets Targeted for Upgrades
The streets are scheduled for upgrades after the 2012-13 fiscal year begins in July.
Maplewood City Council identified which streets will receive funding for upgrades during the next fiscal year, which will begin on July 1.
During a city council work session last Monday, council members selected Marietta, Marshall, Walter and Yale avenues for upgrades at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.
The most expensive project will be Yale Avenue because the street will require complete reconstruction. Yale is estimated to cost $852,000.
The city previously estimated a $1 million cost for the road, but officials found a way to save money while adding green space, said Anthony Traxler, director of public works.
The city plans to extend the tree lawn by about three feet on each side of Yale Avenue—from one-and-a-half feet to roughly four-and-a-half feet. On-street parking will still be available.
By extending the tree lawn, the city will reduce pavement costs, Traxler said.
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While some streets are in equal or worse condition than Marietta and Marshall avenues, those streets were selected because of the high volume of traffic they receive, Traxler said.
Marietta, which will require thicker pavement because of the truck traffic it receives, is estimated to cost $292,000. Marshall is estimated to cost $307,590.
Walter Avenue, at an estimated cost of $185,000, will be upgraded between James Street and Pacific Avenue.
City officials recently completed a streets inventory—a document that ranks every road in Maplewood based on present condition. The map will be uploaded to the city's website, Traxler said.
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