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“We are doing our best to keep our roads safe and drivable due to the early springtime weather. Spring thaw and wet snow will create soft road conditions where the asphalt was damaged from last spring’s flood protective measures,” said Jeff Heintz, Director, Service Operations.
Preliminary work is underway to restore Riverwood Drive. Currently, the condition of Riverwood Drive is a crushed asphalt surface that is being maintained and monitored by city crews to alleviate unsafe driving conditions. Due to spring thaw, snow melt and rain, the roadway at times may become rutted. Residents are encouraged to use care when these conditions are present.
City crews are working to improve the drainage of surface water in transition areas on Riverwood Drive at the beginning and end of the crushed asphalt areas. The city is also evaluating the use of crushed concrete at transition zones to reduce the rutting and pushing taking place on the thin layer of material that currently exists on the old roadbed.
Asphalt hot mix plants haven’t yet started up for the spring so roadway improvements cannot begin using asphalt until they begin making hot mix asphalt. Traditionally these plants start after road restrictions are removed, usually in mid-May.
Road improvements are being designed by City Engineering for bid this spring. Plans are for the roadway to be raised between North Southport Loop and the corner at Bismarck Expressway so it functions as a permanent levee. Plans also include widening the road to thirty-two feet, with a shelf on the west side to accommodate future HESCO barrier placement if needed. This will allow the roadway to function normally should a HESCO wall ever become necessary during future flood events.
Once the design is completed, the City Engineering department will bid out the work, and the bid will be awarded. The successful bidder will begin work to widen the road base and install asphalt pavement. Once bids are awarded, the construction timeline will be determined. “We ask for patience from the motoring public during these spring roadway conditions as we work to improve them – weather permitting,” said Heintz.