On Wednesday December 8th, 2021 the City Commission reviewed the Public Works Project Update and the Sidewalk Café Project.
The Public Works Project Update:
South Lake Silver Drive Complete Street Project
The road is rebuilt, and they are now adding finishing touches. The project is nearing substantial construction completion and a final walkthrough is planned for later this month.
Ave C SW & 2nd Street SW Complete Street Project
The Commission awarded this project to DB Civil Construction earlier this year. This project includes drainage, pedestrian and roadway improvements that will begin in January of 2022. Letters to businesses and residents will go out later this month addressing any questions and concerns. A public coordination meeting will take place prior to construction in January.
South Lake Silver Drive Cooridor
Ave C SW & 2nd St SW Project Area
Downtown Streetscape Project (Public Parking lot next to the Chamber)
The Commission awarded this to Tucker Paving earlier this year. This project includes a brick-pavered piazza, sidewalk improvements, new lighting and landscaping. There has been supply chain issues for the brick pavers, but this has been resolved. This project will begin in January of 2022. Letters to businesses and residents will go out later this month addressing the construction. A public coordination meeting will take place prior to construction in January.
Ave K Complete Street Project
This project is from Lake Silver Drive towards Polk State College. It includes drainage, pedestrian and traffic improvements. This project is at 100% design, and ready to go out for bid at the beginning of next year. Construction is planned for the summer of 2022.
Cypress Gardens Intersection Improvements at Highway 17 and First Street
This project is at 100% design, and the city has transferred its portion of funding to the project from last years transportation fund dollars. Bidding for this project is anticipated in the early part of next year, with construction planned to begin in the summer of 2022.
Pavement Management Program
The goal of this program for the last few years has been to shift the City's investments more towards maintenance to reduce the need for costly total re-builds. The last few years it has been spent rebuilding some of the worst roads in the city, such as MLK Blvd. which required full reconstruction of the base below the asphalt. Now the program is starting to shift towards increasing maintenance programs, utilizing three separate techniques for pavement management.
Pavement Management Technique 1:
Traditional Milling and Filling. This requires pulling up the old asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt. This is applied to the roads that have gone past the point of being able to be maintained. This is also the most expensive approach but is necessary in many situations.
Pavement Management Technique 2:
Micro Surfacing projects. This technique can be applied to roads whose overall structure is sound. This includes making minor repairs and filling cracks as pre-treatment. It also applies brand new polymerized asphalt surface to the roads. This is a fraction of the cost 20-40% of traditional milling and filling, and can add 10-20 years of life to a roadway.
Pavement Management Technique 3:
Rejuvenation projects. This is a technique that can only be applied to roads that are still in very good condition, likely less than 5 years old. It is a preventative treatment that applies a spray of oil that penetrates the asphalt to keep it from cracking. This reduces the rate of degradation and extends the life expectancy of the roadway. This technique is less than 5% of the cost of the traditional milling and filling and can add 10-20 years of life to a roadway.
The Mill and Fill contractor is finalizing their estimates of work and is expected to begin in January with it to be completed in March. (Approximately 5 miles)
The Micro-Surfacing contractor has completed their estimates and is also expected to start in January with the project to be completed in March. (Approximately 5 miles).
The Rejuvenation contractor is finalizing a quote based on candidate roads and will likely start in February and be finished in April. (Approximately 15 miles)
Finalizing cross-referencing with utility providers in the area.
An interactive map of roads that will be published on the City’s website for residents to be able to access so residents can see the streets.
Message boards with applicable information will be placed in the corridors prior to work beginning.
Downtown Solid Waste Enhancement
This is a project is to consolidate the solid waste in the downtown area, to be moved to the northern quadrant. Right now, the city is using dumpsters in alley ways, and this will repurpose some of those alleyways for public activation. The facility will go on the east side of the parking garage. The facility will also be enhanced so no one can walk by and know that there are dumpsters in there. There will be a customer access side, a service access side, and a trash compacter in the middle.
This project is approaching 90% design. There will be a public session for early 2022.
Sidewalk Café Project
The sidewalk café will have shading, furniture, and protective railings.
There will be eight locations, mainly on central (near businesses such as Arabella’s, Fire, Central Tavern and the Ritz) as well as one location on 4th, close to Tempo.
Staff has been establishing the policies and ordinances in regards to the application, the permit, liability and insurance, as well as the furniture grant program with an allocated $60,000.
There will be an upcoming input meeting coordinated with Main Street and local businesses to gather their input. There will also be a mockup café by Arabella’s so people can get a feel for the concept.
Completed tasks so far are engaging local businesses, procuring engineering services with Carter/Kaye Engineering, budgeting $500,000 for construction in the FY 21-22, the CRA café furniture grant program funded, staff research conducted with respect to successful sidewalk café districts including a trip to St. Petersburg, and preliminary engineering plans developed and draft regulations/city policies and application have been created.
In December of 2021 there has been a mock up café at Arabella’s and the furniture grant application will be finalized. In January of 2022 the Community Input will happen in partnership with Main Street. In February 2022 the design is to be finalized and the bid advertised. In Spring construction is to begin and complete construction by Fall 2022.