June 6, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 7

Caution: road work up ahead

Cheney’s planned projects this summer are many, but small

If it’s summer – almost – then it must mean it’s time for street projects, and this year the city of Cheney has several slated for the hot months.

The largest of the single projects is the $375,000 North Sixth Street preservation project that is funded mostly through federal grants. The project scope includes new asphalt surface along with sidewalk repairs including upgrades to be compliant with American with Disabilities Act requirements from Betz Road to Oak Street.

Public Works director Todd Ableman said the project is separate from other city work, and hopes to get it done this year, depending on when final construction documents are received.

“If we can’t bid it by the end of June we won’t award it until August,” Ableman said, adding that if that’s the case the project would be put off until 2014.

The second largest project is the $300,000-$350,000 street overlay work, an ongoing project the city is taking a bits and pieces approach to doing. On tap this summer is overlay preservation work on L Street between West First and West Second streets, and West Third to West Fifth streets.

There will also be work done on West Third Street between Buena Vista and K, Clay Street between First and Fourth, Second between H and G and H Street below and to the east of SR 904, as well as Spokane Street near Les Schwab Tires. The projects include not only street repairs but sidewalk work as well.

“We do as much as we can within the budget,” Ableman said.

Also taking place will be a water main replacement along L Street between West Third and Fifth streets and D Street between Second and Third. This $90,000-$100,000 project is covered by Community Development Block Grant funds, Ableman said.

The most noticeable project is likely the first one to take place and the smallest – replacing the paver bricks along First Street downtown between D and G streets. Ableman said the city would be meeting with the contractor, Shamrock Paving, sometime this week or next to get a work schedule. Shamrock was the low bidder of two on the project at $62,525, but Ableman thinks that will change as the scope of work has been reduced.

“Hopefully it will be around $30,000 or $40,000 on that,” he said.

Also taking place this summer will be $46,900 of crack sealing work by Quality Maintenance LLC.

Outside of street work the city is wrapping up a couple of water well rehabilitation projects, with work on wells 1 and 2 completed and the wells back in service, as is Well 6. A cleaning project on the city’s water reservoir is about to get underway, Ableman said.

As for future projects, Ableman said they don’t really have much in the pipeline other than continuing street overlay and water main work. Several projects recently submitted for federal funding didn’t score high enough to get the money, but Ableman said they would try again in the next couple of years and might have better chances as other scheduled work drops off.

John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com.

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