Work is expected to begin early next year on the first phase of a major street reconstruction project. Portions of three busy Greenville streets will be rebuilt under the first stage of the effort, which was approved by local voters in May.
The rebuilding of Stonewall Street between Mockingbird Lane and Interstate 30, Sayle Street between Kari Lane and Interstate 30, and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets will be the first phase, according to Greenville City Manager Massoud Ebrahim.
“We’re going to advertise for bids on these three projects in the first quarter of 2014,” Ebrahim said.
On May 11, voters approved the issuance of $12.6 million in bonds to pay for the reconstruction of nine local streets. The bond proposition called for rebuilding the above three streets during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The city had held off on rebuilding the section at the south end of Stonewall for several years, awaiting the completion of the Wesley Street overpass project.
Ebrahim has noted the existing pavement is currently narrow in width and has many sub-grade and base failures.
The south end of the project will be redesigned to match the I-30 frontage road and additional right-of-way and easements. Parallel sewer mains will also have to be replaced under the project, which has been estimated to cost $1.43 million.
The section of Sayle Street included in the package was never designed to handle the vehicle load it has received since Lowe’s and the adjacent shopping center were constructed, not to mention the traffic coming from the Greenville SportsPark. Cost of the work has been estimated at $920,000.
Webb Street is needing to be rebuilt to help provide the city an additional east/west route between Joe Ramsey and Interstate 30, which also connects two major north/south thoroughfares. Ebrahim said Webb is too narrow and has never been upgraded to an urban pavement section. The project has been estimated at $1.22 million.
As soon as the first phase is under way, Ebrahim plans to begin phase two of the project. “We’ll select an engineer and then proceed to the second phase of the project, probably in the second quarter of 2014,” he said.
The second phase calls for Stonewall Street from Park to Stanford and Wellington Street from Joe Ramsey to Lee Street to be rebuilt during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Ridgecrest Boulevard from Canton to Sayle Streets, Morgan and Bourland Streets north and west of Carver Elementary School and Live Oak Street from Bonham to Nashville would be rebuilt during the 2015-2026 fiscal year.