August 16, 2007

Market Street Resurfacing May Be On Hold Until 2008

Construction of the new water line on Market Street in Memphis likely will be completed by the end of August, but motorists may still be feeling the effects of the project for the rest of the year.

Water Superintendent Dennis Howard told the Memphis City Council that he anticipates the final stages of the major upgrade project would be completed in the weeks following the council’s August 2nd meeting.

The new water line has been installed and charged with water. All required samples had been tested and returned results had cleared the way for the line to go into public service. All that remains to complete the project is connecting lines to the customers at the Jackson Street and Huntington Street intersections.

The progress update was soured by reports that the street might not be resurfaced until the spring of 2008.

Howard stated that preliminary talks with the Missouri Department of Transportation, which maintains the city street as part of Business Highway 136, had revealed it may be too late for MoDOT to perform the work this fall. Howard reported that plans called for the road to be milled prior to resurfacing, and that equipment might not be available. Other concerns centered around the fiscal year budgeting of the project, and the uncertainty of the water line work time frame may have prevented the project from meeting deadlines for 2007 project approval.

Howard told the council he would discuss the issue further with MoDOT officials, stating he still held out hope the work could be done this year.

The council indicated it would await the report before deciding on other options for the rest of the year if the work is not completed.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe estimated the cost of resurfacing the street temporarily prior to the MoDOT work could cost more than $15,000 if the entire street was resurfaced.

“Something needs to be done one way or the other before this winter,” said Mayor Roger Gosney. “We have to look at our options as we don’t want to waste a bunch of money on a temporary fix, but we have to improve the roadway for motorists.”

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