May 242013

By Nick Worth
Holbrook city road crews are preparing to finish a number of paving projects by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, according to City Manager Ray Alley.
“We’re going to be working on a lot of paving projects between now and then,” Alley said. “Probably more than we’ll do in the new year.”
For the rest of this fiscal year, however, Alley said a lot of paving work will still be done.
“We’re really going to hit it hard,” he said.
First up, the paving crews will do the finishing work on First Street between Arizona Street and Hopi Drive, then will move on to Seventh Street between East Florida Street and East Iowa Street.
Once those streets are completed, work will begin on the intersection of First Avenue and Erie Street, followed by more work on First Avenue.
“We’ll also try to do some work on a few more small streets near Hunt Park,” said Alley. He noted that the small residential streets such as Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets between East Florida Street and East Hampshire Street are likely candidates for paving work to round out the fiscal year.
In the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, Alley said a lot of the work needed consists of curbs and gutters, and other prep work that must be completed before paving can begin.
One big undertaking will be a pavement preservation project at the Holbrook Airport. The project will involve work on the airport runway and taxiways.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is paying for 90 percent of the airport project while the City of Holbrook is paying approximately $50,000 for its share of the work.
Another joint city and ADOT project in the coming year is the paving of McLaws Road from Hennessy Street to the city limits, a distance of about one mile. Alley said the city’s share of the cost of that job will be approximately $60,000 to $80,000.
Alley also noted that Helen Avenue, Helen Road and Glen Street near the LDS church would be the target for some much needed road work.
“Then we’ll have a big push for clean up,” Alley said. He said the city road crews would be doing weed abatement and other clean up projects, as well as patching and crack-sealing roads in need of repair.
Because of the spending cap put on the city by the state, funds for road work in the coming fiscal year will be less than in years past. Alley emphasized, though, that road work will not stop in the new fiscal year.
“The city will still see a substantial amount of work,” he said. “We’ll have around $400,000 to spend on roads in the coming year.”