by John Kiljan
Crews are starting now on some of the last finishing touches to the new Ralston Central Park. As those who live near the area well know, two years of construction traffic have taken its toll on Brooks Drive and on Garrison Street just north of the park, and those two streets were not in the best shape to start with.
Originally, Garrison Street and Carr Street were on the resurfacing list for the 2014 paving season to be repaired after the end of park construction. But some areas of Brooks Drive have lately been looking like they are more patches than pavement. The City’s Public Works Department tells me they have decided to hold back on Carr for another season and move now on Brooks Drive because of its condition.
Garrison isn’t in much better shape itself. There are only a few nighttime drivers who have not been surprised by some wicked potholes on the street that were only filled with temporary asphalt patching material while utility work was going on. That recent utility work, running from Ralston Creek to the Oberon Road, is now over.
Drivers should expect Brooks to be a mess with a lot of heavy equipment parked on it since the more seriously stressed pavement areas are having to be completely excavated and refilled before the actual milling and repaving takes place. It may be best to avoid Brooks from Garrison altogether until the work is done. Fortunately, the highest demand for Brooks Drive has dropped off quite a bit with our schools reopening. There is now more parking space available inside the park itself and fewer people need to park on Brooks Drive.
Other less heavily traveled streets in the Alta Vista and surrounding neighborhoods north of the park are suffering too. These streets are high on the list of needed resurfacing projects set up by the City’s pavement management system. But unlike fee-based water and sewer services, the City’s repaving budget comes mostly out of the General Fund and competes with other City services. The price tag for needed repaving work is pretty high and the Arvada City Council will be deciding in September and October just how much to allocate for this kind of work.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The phone number for the City of Arvada’s Public Works Department is 720-898-7600. The project engineer is Tim Hoos who can be reached at 720-898-7644 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.
Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”.
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Wednesday 27 August 2014