Hot Sulphur Springs repairs neglected town streets
Ryan Summerlin September 19, 2013
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Heavy equipment in the town center next week will be evidence of long-overdue attention to Hot Sulphur Springs streets.
Road paving, in the form of a roto-mill process that digs and chews up existing pavement to be reapplied with new asphalt, will occur north of Highway 40 — after more than 40 years since the job was last done.
The condition of streets is so bad, Hot Sulphur Springs Trustee Ken Anderson used the word “ecstatic” to describe town residents’ emotion about the upcoming work.
Town Clerk Sandy White “pretty regularly” gets complaints about the town’s streets, she said.
“They come in and say they went too fast and don’t have a muffler anymore, stuff like that,” she said.
Groundwater during runoff has been known to create heaves in the asphalt.
Anderson estimates the total cost of the much needed and anticipated project could be around $110,000.
According to White, the town budgeted $80,919 for the repaving work to be completed in 2013, though they expect to see some additional costs. Town voters approved a 3-mills increase to the town mill levy in 2010 for projects including road improvements.
The paving of the roads will take place the week of Sept. 23-27, and will be completed by Acord Asphalt, based out of Granby.
“It will be a major improvement for the town and its residents as well as the town’s businesses,” Anderson said.
“It will be beautiful.”
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334