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Nearly a quarter century after the Memphis City Square was resurfaced, the town center will receive needed upgrades starting Sunday.
According to the City of Memphis, all three parking lanes as well as both lanes of traffic will be resealed and repainted.
Miller Asphalt of Hannibal will be providing the services, which will include initial crack and surface repairs. The company will then install two coats of MAC-52 sealer with a sand slurry. The high solids dispersion of coal tar pitch coating provides a protective barrier for bituminous pavements that is highly resistant to water, sun, oxidation, oil and gasoline.
Volunteers with the Memphis Fire Department will clean the city square on Sunday, June 7th. All vehicles are asked to be removed from the square that day.
Repair work will begin on Monday, June 8th. Parking will not be prohibited on the west side of the square. The resurfacing will close one side of the square each day, with the work progressing clockwise to the north, then east and finally to the south side of the square.
Once the repairs and sealing work are completed, the traffic lines and parking spaces will be repainted.
The square was originally resurfaced in 1997.
Total cost of the 2020 project is estimated at $39,850. The city approached the Scotland County Commission about contributing $13,000 towards the project’s cost, but the county leaders indicated the expense had not been budgeted for, and also indicated an uncertainty about county ownership of the interior parking lanes.
The Memphis City Council voted to move forward with the entire project while working with the county to determine ownership and any future financial responsibility for the repairs and upkeep.