City streets project still moving ahead

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Ironton's street repair work continues to roll along even as winter approaches.

Paving on Park Avenue will take place from Second Street all the way out to Ninth Street and will include the approaches from all of the side streets, said City Engineer Phil Biggs.

The work began Thursday and will continue until Nov. 11.

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&#8220In an effort to protect the workers on the project and to increase the speed of the surfacing work, we have authorized the contractor, Mountain Enterprises, to close down portions of Park Avenue as they work on them,” Biggs said. &#8220We are asking the public to use the alternate streets running parallel to Park Avenue to the north and south of Park.”

Once the asphalt has cured for a couple of days the paint striping of the streets will begin.

The contractors will be stripping Park Avenue from Ninth Street to Fifth Street with a full center turn lane to improve the flow of traffic into and out Ironton, Biggs said.

The replacement of the curbs along Park Avenue has delayed the re-paving of Park Avenue but the replacement of the deteriorated curbs will increase the life of the new paving and will improve the overall appearance and service of the streets.

&#8220When this project is completed, the public should recognize a marked improvement in the appearance of the main access into the city from U.S. 52 and an increase in the accessibility along Park Avenue,” Biggs said. &#8220We appreciate the patience of the public while this major disruption took place.”