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Baldwin City's Road Maintenance program launched a new chip and seal project in 2020, kicking off Phase I with the residential roads north of Highway 56. This summer, the program will move to Phase II, which includes much of the southeastern part of town.
Vance Brothers, who did the initial chip and seal work in the fall of 2020, returned June 15th and 16th this year to finish up some warranty work at no cost to the city. They spent time on the cul-de-sacs and a few trouble areas.
City Council approved funding for Phase II at the May 18th council meeting. At the time of writing, Public Works Director estimated Phase II will begin mid-August. "We just had our first construction kick-off meeting earlier this week," he said. "We're currently working on fixing potholes and cracks on the southeast side of town to get the roads ready to seal." Neighborhoods covered this year will include 1st through 4th Streets from the highway to High Street, Santa Fe Drive, Dearborn Circle, and Hillside Drive.
If City Council approves the funding plan, Phase III of the Pavement Maintenance project will continue in 2022. Phase Three calls for resurfacing most of what hasn't been completed in Phases One and Two.
Rob Culley said Public Works staff will begin working on fixing potholes and cracks for the roads scheduled for Phase III as time allows, trying to get it finished up as quickly as possible. "It would be great to have most of our residential areas finished within two years, three at the most," he noted.