The status of new city parking lots and street repaving projects was discussed at the first Enterprise City Council meeting of the new year.
“About 90 percent done,” is what Enterprise City Engineer and Director of Public Works Barry Mott told the council at the Jan. 4 meeting about the two new downtown parking lots and the resurfacing of the first street in the second phase of the street improvement project.
The 75-vehicle city parking lot located between Lee Street and Easy Street, behind the former Yancey Parker store building, is complete except for the arrival of the decorative light poles that have been on backorder from the supplier. Mott said the light poles, expected to arrive in the next two months, will match those currently lining Main Street. A spotlight, expected to illuminate a future mural planned for the back wall of the Yancey Parker building, has been installed, he added.
The 44-vehicle parking lot across the street from Annie’s Restaurant, on land owned by Enterprise First Baptist Church, lacks only a protective barrier to be installed up around the edge of the lot closest to Downtown Doughnuts.
Mott said that the majority of the resurfacing of Freedom Drive is complete. That road, located off of
Highway 248 in east Enterprise, was the first street on the resurfacing list for the second phase of the city’s four-year street paving project.
The paving contractor, Wiregrass Construction Company Inc., started work in mid-December 2021 on the second phase of the comprehensive resurfacing plan which is expected to include all or parts of 55 streets.
The first phase was completed in 2020 with about eight miles of streets repaved at a cost of just over $1 million. Expected to cost about $3.6 million, Phase II will resurface about 19 miles of streets and is expected to be completed in June 2022.
The city’s street repaving process initiated with a street condition report commissioned by the Enterprise City Council. Barge Design Solutions performed the pavement condition assessment report which was presented to the Enterprise City Council in June 2020.
The report listed a Pavement Condition Index—PCI—for each segment of 220 miles of road which was adopted by the city as a basis for management, maintenance, future project and budget decisions for the city streets.
The PCI ratings were from 100 to zero, with zero to 10 representing “failed” roads and 86 to 100 representing a “good” road condition. Forty-four city streets fell in the “good” category, 133 fell in the “satisfactory” category, 144 fell in the “fair” category, 131 fell in the “poor” category, 93 roads ranked “very poor,” 107 roads were in “serious” condition and 65 rated “failed.”
After the council approved the report, the utility companies, public works and the water department were provided with the information in order to identify any potential issues to be addressed prior to resurfacing being done.
At a previous council meeting, Enterprise Consulting Engineer Glenn Morgan said that Enterprise Water Works Field Superintendent Alan Mahan had reviewed the list many times, refining it each time for low, moderate and high risk water issues. “Once we did that, we prioritized roads with low to no water issues up to the top of the city’s paving list,” Morgan said.
The Enterprise Water Works Board currently has a comprehensive water line replacement project underway to replace deteriorating water lines. The goal is to replace the at-risk water lines before the road resurfacing.
The next nine Phase II streets on the construction schedule are Havana Street, Fawn Street, Wren Lane, Anthony Circle, Julian Street, South Industrial Boulevard, Ford Alley, Ford Lane and Sims Street.
In unrelated business, the council approved the request of Anna Beth Martin, representing the Enterprise Junior Women’s Club, for a permit to hold the club’s annul 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Saturday, March 19, from 7:30 a.m. until noon.
The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the council chambers at Enterprise City Hall. A work session begins at 5 p.m. A voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.