City of Robinson says street repairs are long overdue

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8:52am

For about four decades now, Robinson city officials say no work has been done to improve the city's poor road conditions. But, starting next week, that's going to change, as bad streets are soon to become a thing of the past.

An outpouring of resident complaints from having to travel on bad roads for years have lead to a five million dollar "Street Strategy Project".

"We're going to begin right over on Schaffer Road at Moonlight," said Robert E. Cervenka, Robinson City Manager.

Cervenka says there are around 60 miles of streets to repair, and the project could take up to several years to complete.

"We need to get our technique down, of how we do streets, with our staff," said Cervenka.

The city will use it's own staff to conduct the repairs. We're told it's the first time in about 40 years that the streets will be fixed up.

"The interest rates are reasonable, and we felt it was a good time to do that," said Cervenka.

An uneven surface and numerous pot holes put Hillside Street in more need of repair than many others in the city.

"That's the nature of streets. You're always repairing them. You never stop," said Cervenka.

The material that will be used is similar to asphalt, except it's cheaper and only lasts around seven years.

"It won't be a typical asphalt street, as you see with really thick asphalt. But, it'll be a lot better than what we have. And, the citizens deserve really smooth streets here," said Cervenka. 

Taxpayers will only see a slight increase to help pay for the streets. Work is slated to begin on Wednesday, May 1.


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