Alderman: Some city streets ‘in dire need’ of paving

Published 7:44 pm Thursday, July 4, 2019

Brookhaven aldermen expect to start a city-wide paving project again in October, but first they’ll need to identify which roads to add to the engineer’s list.

That shouldn’t be difficult.

“I’ve got a couple of streets that are in dire need,” said Ward 1 Alderman Dorsey Cameron, who broached the subject Tuesday during the board’s meeting.

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Mayor Joe Cox said 77 streets were paved in the last major project in 2016. The cost was $3.16 million and it took eight months to complete.

“I don’t think we can go that far this time,” Cox said.

To prepare for the 2016 project, Dungan Engineering created a comprehensive list by evaluating Brookhaven’s 395 streets — 158.4 miles — and placing them in one of four categories:

• Failed — the road needs to be completely re-done.

• Poor — the road is on the verge of falling apart.

• Fair — the road is in decent shape, but it needs maintenance before it starts to quickly decline.

• Good — the road should be in this condition for at least 10 years depending on how often it is used.

Paving funds were directed to those streets that were found to be in the worst condition. Through this process, the board was able to more than triple the number of miles ordinarily paved.

Cox said Dungan Engineering will go back through the list of streets and those that were not paved before but were close to needing repair would be the ones to look at first this time.

“I want to do a paving project in October. That’s a good paving time,” Cox said.

Ward 2 Alderman Shannon Moore, who was not elected to the board until 2017, asked if part of the surface of the roads had been removed prior to the paving project in 2016.

“If you keep overlaying, the roads get higher than the sidewalk,” he said.

When that happens, rain runs off the pavement onto sidewalks and then floods yards, he said.

Moore said it may mean doing two streets instead of five, but they would last longer and cause less flooding for residents in his ward.

“I’d rather just mill it and pay to do it right,” he said.

For the 2016 project, streets paved were not selected by ward, but the number of miles represented worked out fairly equally. In round figures, Ward 1 had 25 miles; Ward 2, 23; Ward 3, 27; Ward 4, 26; Ward 5, 23; and Ward 6, 27. Some ward lines overlap streets.

Dungan Engineering used the Pavement Condition Index rating system as they traveled streets to evaluate them. This system measures type, extent and severity of pavement surfaces and the smoothness and riding comfort of the street. Age of surface, condition of surface and amount of traffic are factored into the thorough evaluation of the streets in a systematic way.

Higher-volume streets were striped both at the center and the edge. Milling was completed where deemed necessary by the consulting engineers.

Streets paved include Avalon Avenue, Georgia Avenue, Old Wesson Road, Beauregard Street, Greenview Trail, Palmer Drive, Becker Street, Guiser Street, Perkins Drive, Brignall Road, Harper Street, Portman Trail, Bristow Trail, Hartman Street, Rhodes Lane, Broken Lane, Heucks Retreat Road, Rosehill Cemetery, Brookhaven Street, Honey Creek Lane, Sawmill Lane, Irby Drive, Shore Drive, Clarkwood Trail, Josephine Street, Silver Cross Drive, Conrad Trail, Junior Trail, Skyward Lane, County Club Road, South Church Street, Crooked Lane, Lakewood Drive, South First Street, Dale Trail, Lance Alworth Drive, Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Drive, Denham Lane, Lewis Drive, South Washington, Drury Lane, Lipsey Street, East Chickasaw Street, Locust Trail, Turnbough Avenue, Lumber Street, Turner Street, East Congress Street, Mary Street, Walnut Street, East Enterprise Street, Melanie Lane, West Chickasaw Street, East Minnesota Street, Mississippi Avenue, West Congress Street, Easthaven Cemetery, Moak Street, West Enterprise Street, Eastley, North Jackson Street, West Minnesota Street, Fairlawn Trail, West Monticello Street, Field Lark Lane, North Park Lane, Williams Street, Fulton Street, North Second Street, Wood Street and Gatson Trail. The city park and Kids Kingdom parking areas were also paved.