Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Sun Valley roads receiving facelift

Projects slated to end by July Fourth

Express Staff Writer

Saddle and Dollar roads in Sun Valley are receiving a facelift this month and your daily commute may be affected.

"The major construction work is intended to be complete before the July Fourth weekend," said Bill Whitesell, Sun Valley street superintendent.

Saddle Road will be milled and resurfaced from the city limit—near Latigo Lane—down to the intersection of Sun Valley Road. The curb and gutter adjacent to the path along this same stretch will also be replaced and the pathway will be milled and resurfaced as well, Whitesell said.

In addition, the curb and gutter on the south side of the path will be removed completely and a drainage ditch will be constructed.

As a result of the construction endeavors, Saddle Road will be reduced to a single lane of traffic for most of each day. After working hours, the roads will be reopened to two lanes.

"The road will be rough pavement for some time and manholes will be under repair and marked for nighttime avoidance," Whitesell said. During this time the bike path will be completely closed off. For commuters along this path, Whitesell asks drivers to stay outside of the construction area and follow the safe access route.

The entire length of Dollar Road, and its pathway from the Sun Valley Road intersection to the Elkhorn intersection, will be under construction. The road will receive a "CRABS," or Cement Reinforced Asphalt Base Stabilization, process, Whitesell said.

"This consists of pulverizing the existing asphalt concrete material, mixing in a small percentage of concrete, and then grading and compacting this aggregate mixture for a new base," Whitesell said. This base will be paved over with new asphalt. The path along Dollar Road will be resurfaced and the existing curb and gutter will be removed and replaced.

A standard 10-foot path with curb and gutter will be placed from The Community School to the Snow Creek Condominiums.

The city is also planning on constructing bus pullouts on both sides of the street near the Cottonwood Condominiums. A third bus pullout will be placed near the entrance of The Community School.

The city will keep one lane of Dollar Road open at all times during construction, Whitesell said. And at night both lanes will be open. The path will be closed to bicycle and foot traffic during construction.

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