McMinnville residents waiting on the city to move forward with paving will not have to idle much longer. Spring paving is scheduled to begin in June.
According to Public Works director Bill Brock, the second half of the city’s 51-street paving list, those designated for paving in spring 2012, should resume in a couple of weeks.
“We have to get the Water Department out of the way and get paving up and running again,” Brock said. “Paving should begin in the middle of June.”
The two departments are coordinating underground work with aboveground work in order to keep the Water Department from ripping through Public Work’s freshly paved street to do work on water and sewer lines.
In 2012, officials borrowed an initial $1 million and hired APAC-Harrison to begin the paving project.
“We’ve spent $700,000 so far,” said Brock. “We’re okay money wise. Officials voted to borrow up to $2 million for paving. As long as I don’t go over $2 million, I’m okay.”
The 51 streets were divided into a fall 2011 list and spring 2012 list:
• Fall — Myers Lane, June Street, Westwood Drive, Forest Drive, Bradford Road, Bybee Branch Road, Cascade Avenue, Union Hill Road, Yager Road, Magnolia Street, Shadowlawn Street, Greggview Street, Ash Street, Bell Street, Caney Lane, Chambers Street, Hillview Drive, Osborne Street, River Drive, Eastridge Street, Westwood 4th Avenue, Mt. View Avenue, Woodmont Avenue, Hillside Lane, Cadillac Lane and Garth Circle.
• Spring — Ebonwood Street, Morningside Drive, George Huggins Drive, Creamery Street, Henegar Street, Bluff Street, Van Buren Street, DeKalb Street, Grundy Street, Overton Street, Oriole Drive, Cherry Lane, Lagoon Drive, Estridge Alley, Hester Alley, Fuller Street, Old Morrison Highway, Edison Street, Gay Street, Mauzy Street, Moffitt Street, Oak Street, Red Road (bypass to city limits), Red Road (bypass to Sparta Street) and West Sparta Street.
Once this list is complete, it will be up to officials to determine if more streets need to be paved.