Evart considers upgrades to River Road

River Road in need of repair says public works director

EVART — The Evart city council considered a proposal from OHM Engineering for repaving of River Road during its meeting this month.

Director of Public Works Dustin Moma told the council River Road has been in need of repair for quite some time.

“The city’s efforts to stay on top of the deteriorating condition with cold patch and gravel have become futile in this past year and it has begun to contribute to hazardous driving conditions in that area,” he said in his position paper to the council. “Staff feels that this must be addressed.”

John Tanner of OHM Engineering presented several options for the potential repaving of River Road from Jefferson Street to U.S.-10.

  • Option 1: Mill and resurface with one lift (1.5 inches) of asphalt; misc. curb repair; ADA upgrades at existing sidewalks and ramps; Total projected cost — $530,000'
  • Option 2: Mill and with two lifts (3 inches) asphalt; misc. curb repair; ADA upgrades at existing sidewalks and ramps; total cost — $695,000;
  • Option 3: Mill and resurface from Jefferson Street to U.S. 10 with joint repairs and a three-quarter inch HMA overlay; crush and shape from Jefferson Street north to 7 Mile Road and place 3 inches of HMA; repair curbs; upgrade existing sidewalk ramps to meet ADA requirements; Total cost —$1,005,000;
  • Option 4: Mill and resurface from Jefferson Street to U.S.-10 with joint repairs; crush and shape Jefferson Street north to 7 Mile Road; place 3 inches of HMA; repair cubs and upgrade existing sidewalk ramps to meet ADA requirements; Total cost — $1,285,000.

The proposal was updated with a fifth option in March reducing repairs to the section of road from Jefferson Street to 7 Mile Road.
The revised proposal included crushing and shaping, with placement of 3 inch HMA, at a cost of $500,000.

The city has appropriated monies through the Osceola County Road Commission-Rural Task Force in the amount of $219,000 that can be put towards this type of project, Moma said.

“I recommend moving forward with the project as represented in the Revised Design Services letter of March 3, with the idea that the section from U.S.-10 to Jefferson could be chip sealed possibly over the summer in coordination with work that the OCRC is planning in that area during that time frame,” Moma said.

Council member Matt Hildebrand said he would like to see a full breakdown of costs for options 2 and 5, and council member Dan Elliott added that he would like to see the soil boring results, detailed costs and driveway approach plans before making a decision.

City manager Pepper Lockhart said council would need to begin considering where the additional funding for the project could come from and suggested possibly using American Rescue Plan Act funding of roughly $196,000.

No action was taken on the proposal. The council will take up the matter again when more information becomes available.