No sweetheart deal for new pavement

Feb 21, 2017

Members of the City Council delayed any decision on how, or when, streets in two neighborhoods will be resurfaced during their meeting on Valentine’s Day.

The council will need to make a choice before the end of March between the cost-savings of short term solutions versus proposals to resurface the two communities plus other areas of concern to head-off problems in the future, according to Public Works Director Scott Smith.

Smith has already submitted a placeholder for road crews from Snohomish County to repair or resurface the roads in the Wildflower and Mill Park Village this summer to repair the rough road surfaces left from stop-gap chip seal repair last year. Residents from the two communities as well as Silver Crest and Heatherwood West testified during public hearings in December that the uneven surfaces had left it impossible for children to skateboard or ride bikes in their own neighborhoods.

Smith told the council at a meeting earlier this month that the cost to retrofit the roads will cost between $150,000 and $250,000. There was no allocation for roadwork in the two-year budget approved by the council in December. Councilmember Donna Michaelson suggested it was time to commit city dollars to resurface every road in need of attention to prevent the need to repair roads every year.

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