Progress on the Seasons Road paving project continues, even if it looks like there's less activity.
Mayor Glenn Broska said the base layer is completed, but a top coat layer still needs to be added.
"Seasons Road is not even close [to completed], but it's already 100 percent better than it was," said Broska.
Joe Ciuni of GPD Group, which serves as the city's engineer, said a 12-inch storm drain under the road isn't draining correctly and is under investigation.
"They had to camera the sewers, and, depending on what they find, fabricate" the correct replacement parts, he said.
To understand why the storm pipe isn't draining properly, Ciuni said Karvo Paving, the firm doing the repaving, will insert a camera on a "crawler" into the pipe to "see what's going on."
He said the camera will help him and Karvo understand whether the pipe is collapsed or just blocked.
"The work includes 354 feet of 12-inch storm pipe and other drainage appurtenances to properly drain the ditches in this area," he stated in a July 12 email.
After the storm pipe is investigated and fixed, the paving process will start up again as the topcoat is added, he explained.
The total cost of the Seasons Road project is about $800,000. The project will be paid for, in part, with $400,000 in Issue 1 grant money that was awarded to the city in March 2013. The city's share of the project -- about $400,000 -- would be taken from the money that would be budgeted for the 2014 city paving program, according to city officials.
Repairing the 12-inch storm pipe will cost about $40,000, according to Ciuni, but it's included as part of the $800,000 price tag of the entire project.
Broska said paving has begun in other areas of town, as well.
Other roads that will be paved this summer include Dorothy and Luke drives, where paving is under way, said Broska.
Other roads which will be paved include South Delmonte Boulevard, Shawnee Trail from the cul-de-sac to Cherokee Trail and Cherokee Trail from Route 43 to Shawnee Trail.
Broska also said the railroad crossing on Wellman Road has been replaced. He said the next crossing due to be fixed is the one at the corner of Mondial Parkway and Jefferson Street.
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