City to do roads, right of way study

By Kile Brewer
Posted 8/8/18

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights City Council looks to improve its city infrastructure in a new roadway assessment to be performed by engineering firm Michael Baker International.

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City to do roads, right of way study

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights City Council looks to improve its city infrastructure in a new roadway assessment to be performed by engineering firm Michael Baker International.

The council, with the exception of Council Member Marion Kelly who was absent, voted unanimously to approve the project at Monday’s meeting.

“Michael Baker will come down and perform an assessment of our roadways. The deliverable here will be a plan going forward of which roads need to be resurfaced, in priority order,” said Keystone Heights City Manager Scott Kornegay in his introduction of the agenda item.

The study will look at all aspects of right-of-way including all pavement, sidewalks, drainage, as well as striping and signage.

The investigation and reporting is expected to take about 45 days from start to finish and will cost the city an amount not-to-exceed $20,460.68 with the investigation accounting for $14,988.20 and the preparation of the report coming in at $5472.48.

“We’ll identify the condition the entire right-of-way – if there’s any drainage problems, if there’s any ditch paving, or anything we can identify,” said Donnie Bowles, Michael Baker senior designer. “Part of report is trying to give you a good gauge of what things will cost in the future.”

In 2013 MBI performed a similar study of just the pavement throughout the city, and improvements have already started on the most critical problems found during that study.

“The roads are not in too bad a condition now,” Bowles said. “But there are a few that still need some work.”

Following the presentation, members of the council were given a chance to ask any questions of either Kornegay or Bowles. Council Member Larry Peoples suggested that members of the public should call and report any known problems to city hall so that MBI could be sure to address those issues in their reporting. Bowles agreed, and even though he said they would catch the problems in their own investigation, that it would help the process if they knew of serious problems up front.

Mayor Karen Lake also brought up the issue of what the city would do if there were county properties causing drainage or other issues within the city limits, which Kornegay said has been a problem he’s dealt with before.

“We deal with the county’s public works. It’s pretty common, we’ve always done that in the past,” he said.

With the city’s approval, the investigation should start soon with a report expected to come back before the council sometime in the next few months.

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