By Jean Cole
Fourteen city road-paving and road-striping projects will be bid soon in Athens, and some of the projects could be completed before the end of the year if weather permits, an official said.
On Monday, City Council members authorized the Public Works Department to seek bids on the estimated $350,000 in projects. The 14 projects will be bid as a package, said Public Works Director James Rich.
Rich said he hopes to have bid results by the last meeting in November, which is Nov. 25.
The projects, which will be paid for with the city’s special infrastructure account, will include the following, in no particular order:
• Paving of north Lindsay Lane from Alabama 251 to the northern city limits;
• Paving of Whitfield and Winslow drives;
• Paving of north Airport Road from Alabama 127 to Edgewood Road;
• Forrest Street from U.S. 31 to the interstate — about 4,700 feet;
• Hobbs Street from Clinton Street to the CSX Railroad tracks — about 350 feet;
• Sanders Street from Market to West Hobbs streets — about 500 feet;
• Market Street from Houston to Hine streets;
• North Jefferson Street from Elm to Pryor streets;
• Bolyn Street from Stewart Street to U.S. 72;
• Julian Newman from Forrest to East streets;
• Lucas Ferry from U.S. 72 to Browns Ferry Road;
• Clinton Street from Forrest to U.S. 72;
• Intersection of Wilkerson Drive and Alabama 99 (Elm Street);
• Intersection of Hine and Washington streets.
Council President Harold Wales said Councilman Jimmy Gill, who was attending a conference Monday, would like Public Works to consider adding to the striping list Cloverleaf and Bolyn at U.S. 72 because the striping has faded.