Public Works Director Ed Bliss said if all goes well, East Springfield Road should be resurfaced sometime within the next few days.
Bliss told the St. Clair Board of Aldermen during their most recent meeting that paving is scheduled for the road between Main Street and Highway 30 “sometime in mid-November.” He did not have an exact date.
The east side of the Springfield Road project nearly is complete while work continues on the west side from the city limits to Highway 30. A new, 10-inch water main is in place on the west side and all hookups have been finished, Bliss said.
The Springfield Road project, when completed, will supply a newly surfaced street from Main Street, across Highway 30 and to the west city limits, provide new water and updated sewer lines throughout and add new sidewalks.
Bliss told the aldermen that plans are in place to put about 100 feet of guardrail along the nearly 90-degree curve on Park Drive between Pasadena and Missouri avenues.
The curve was the site of an accident in September when Mary Stinecipher suffered some kind of medical condition while driving her pickup, failed to negotiate the curve in the road and drove along the driveway, through the garage and into the house at 565 Park Ave. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle came to a stop in the living room of the residence.
The home, owned by Jorge and Sharie Carranza, was declared unlivable after the crash. No one was home at the time of the incident.
The Carranzas currently are having their house repaired.
Bliss said Jorge Carranza requested something be done at the location to improve safety. Police Chief Bill Hammack agreed the curve can be dangerous.
“We have a 90-degree turn on a downslope,” Hammack said. “I’m always worried about it during inclement weather.”
Two bids — one for about $2,800 and the other for about $4,800 — were received to provide and install the guardrail. Bliss said a speed limit and caution sign also will be erected at the site.
The speed limit in the area is 20 mph.
Bliss also said that asphalt patching has been finished on city streets for the year.
Because of the three major road projects this year — Springfield, North Outer Road at Highway 47 and Interstate 44 and Highway 30 from Highway PP to Forest Hill Drive — no other road resurfacing projects were budgeted this year.
So, city crews have patched streets as best they can for now, Bliss said.
City officials currently are working on the 2013 budget.
In addition, Bliss said two of the city’s three salt-spreading machines are ready to go.
“We’re still working on the third one,” he said.