JAMESTOWN – The effort to repair the city streets of Jamestown is moving along.
That from Jamestown Department of Public Works Director Jeff Lehman, who talked with WRFA earlier this week to provide an update on the city’s 2015 Streets Improvement Schedule.
Lehman said that even though there was a period of wet weather earlier in the season, the city is for the most part staying on track when it comes to the work that’s been scheduled for this year.
“I would say we’re a little bit behind because of the weather [earlier this season], but the weather this past week and going into the next couple of weeks looks good and we’re hoping to catch up,” Lehman said. “We’ve got a lot of work done at McCrea Point – and I know that’s kind of off to the side – but we’ve got a lot of work done up there. We’re hoping to catch up with the rest of the projects during the back-half of the year.”
Once of the projects that’s required the most work and has taken the longest for city crews is the complete reconstruction of the southern end of Lakeview Avenue, which serves as a major corridor for traffic between the downtown and the north side of the city. Lehman said that project is moving along and could be completed in the next few weeks.
“That project is slated to start concrete work next week. [This week] they were pulling out the final sidewalk blocks and waiting on the concrete contractors to come in and start curb work,” Lehman said. “It will probably be a week to complete the concrete and then we’ll start the paving process and it takes a few weeks after that, but once we get some pavement down things really start moving.”
Lehman said that so far residents who live on Lakeview Ave. haven’t voiced too much concern with the length of time the project has taken to be completed, adding that if anything they’ve enjoyed how quiet the street has been the past couple months because of the lack of traffic. He added, however, the residents on the other side streets where the traffic has been rerouted have called his office, asking how much longer they will have to deal with the increased volume of vehicles passing through their neighborhood.
In addition to the regular street work that’s been scheduled, city crews were also busy downtown this week putting down new parking and traffic lines in anticipation of the influx of visitors that come with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.