If you have been driving on Second Street in Russellville lately you may have noticed a smoother ride.
A repaving project completed by Scotty’s Contracting just wrapped up on parts of Second Street from the stop light at Main all the way to Caldwell Streets. The project cost approximately $52,000 in Road-Aid monies, but it was a project that was long over due.
The street was one of the city’s worst, having numerous cuts in it from previous projects that made the ride very bumpy for vehicles. The route resurfaced is very heavily traveled by truck volume and has been worn down over the years.
According to city zoning administrator Bill Pearson the street newly resurfaced had gotten in pretty bad shape. “I’ve been here 22 years and can’t remember the last time that street was resurfaced,” said Person.
Road Superintendent Tim Pitts agreed it has been a long time.
“The street was terrible,” said Pitts, who spends a lot of time with his crews repairing the many streets in the city’s system.
Pitts said with the resurfacing the ride is much smoother now and will be easier on vehicles.
“The resurfacing will save the taxpayers money because the city will be able to focus on other streets instead of this one,” said Pitts.
The city’s street department stays busy year round with repairing streets, picking up and disposing of brush, mowing and weed eating. Street repair is kept on the top of the agenda because it is something that has to be done frequently. Pitts said the end of Second Street under the bridge where it turns into Depot Street needs some attention.
Pitts says they are hot patching sections on many streets. Hot patching is very similar to what Scotty’s did on the resurfacing only in much smaller areas. The street department will find a problem area dig down and if the base is soft they will reinforce it with concrete and then put an asphalt surface on the top to help protect the integrity of the repair.
“We work hard on trying to keep up with street repair. We keep that on the top of our agenda,” said Pitts.