City paves way for street project
One of Fredericksburg’s largest street resurfacing efforts in years is expected to begin later this summer.
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize City Manager Beverly Cameron to execute the contract with Fredericksburg Asphalt and Paving Inc. of Ruther Glen.
The $2.047 million contract will pay for the partial reconstruction, milling and resurfacing of Central Park Boulevard and resurfacing of Amelia Street downtown.
However, because the bid came lower than expected, the city also plans to put out another contract to repave seven other roads.
The original, pre-bid costs were projected at $2 million for just the two streets—$1.66 million for Central Park Boulevard and $340,000 for Amelia Street—but these were lowered to $910,000 and $220,000.
Fredericksburg officials expect the costs for paving Central Park Boulevard and Amelia Street to be equally shared between the city and Virginia Department of Transportation through its revenue-sharing program.
Monica Cook, owner of Fredericksburg Asphalt, said the company is able to keep prices down because they’re local.
“Working in Fredericksburg is like working at home, and that cuts the costs down, and it keeps our guys happier,” she said.
Cook said that work will begin once work schedules and payments are finalized with the city.
“We’ll have pre-construction conferences to lay out the schedule and negotiate for when work gets done,” said Doug Fawcett, city public works director. “We’ll probably see some work being performed by them before Labor Day.”
To pay for the additional paving projects, a revised resolution allocating $2.275 million from different sources was presented for first reading at Tuesday’s meeting. It includes the revenue-sharing amounts with VDOT, general funds, public works funds and $900,000 from the motor fuels tax.
The 2.1 percent tax collected at gas pumps in the city helps pay for commuter rail service and other transportation projects. The council will have a final vote on the resolution in August.
Fawcett said work outlined in the contracts will still have to be coordinated with projects already under construction.
For example, the milling and resurfacing of William Street cannot begin until sewer work has been completed.
And the milling and resurfacing of Fall Hill Avenue from U.S. 1 to the Rappahannock Canal bridge will have to wait for sewer work to be done.
However, Fawcett said that the work on Fall Hill should be finished before the bridge’s reopening, now expected in November.
“We are committed to getting the street resurfaced before the bridge reopens,” he said.
Assistant City Manager Mark Whitley said they’re excited about completing the paving projects.
“That’s the main thing. This is going to be a big program—one of our biggest in years. That’s going to be a really good thing,” Whitley said. “We realize that construction can be difficult, but I think that folks will really notice the difference.”
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CITY STREETS TO GET NEW ASPHALT
Partial reconstruction or milling and resurfacing will be done on the following Fredericksburg streets:
- Central Park Boulevard, from Plank Road (State Route 3) to Carl D. Silver Parkway
- Amelia Street, from Sophia Street to Washington Avenue
- Fall Hill Avenue, from U.S. 1 to the Rappahannock Canal bridge
- Franklin Street, from Madison Street to Monument Avenue.
Reconstruction will be done on:
- Littlepage Street, from Brompton to Hanover streets
- Winchester Street, from William to Amelia streets
- Devonshire Drive, from U.S. 1 to the cul-de-sac
- Springwood Drive, from Lafayette Boulevard to the cul-de-sac.
- Charlotte Street, from Sophia to Caroline streets.