The stretch of road has severely deteriorated with multiple cracks and potholes. Public Works Director Tom Black told Mayor Mike Bodker and city councilmembers Monday that the department has been working to figure out the cause of the problem.
“It was just built on bad material, and the more traffic that goes over it, the worse it’s going to be,” he said.
Patching the road would not last, Black said, and completely taking up the pavement to fill the road with new material could take three to four weeks. The public works department decided instead to reconstruct the road by pulverizing the existing asphalt and mixing it with a cement additive to make the pavement more rigid. The mix will be re-graded and compacted before topping the road off with a new asphalt surface.
Bodker and city councilmembers voted unanimously Monday to award Baldwin Paving with $117,562.99 for the project.
With the start of school approaching, Black told city officials it is crucial to have the road repairs finished quickly. Closing the road to complete the job will block off the back entrance to the hundreds of homes at St. Ives Country Club.
John Buckett, board member of the St. Ives Homeowners Association, said approximately 250 contractors and guests access the neighborhood through the Parsons Road gate, in addition to the residents of roughly 400 homes at back end of the community.
He said the HOA has sent notices to residents to make them aware of the closed entrance and asking if they could cancel contracting work during the week of construction.
“Our message to the community is: This is going to be painful but it’s an absolutely necessary and good outcome once we’ve suffered this short period of pain,” Buckett said.
The section of Parsons Road that will be closed is also used to access Northview High School and as a shortcut between Medlock Bridge and Abbotts Bridge roads.
Black said the public works department is trying not to inconvenience motorists and nearby residents too much.
“We’re trying to have the least amount of impact to the citizens out there as possible and accomplish what we need to do as far as the road complications,” he said.
There will be detour signs alerting motorists to take alternative routes.