Five St. Louis streets to be resurfaced this summer

Central Asphalt, the Mt. Pleasant construction company  that is widening M-46 this summer, will also resurface five stretches of local St. Louis road.

City Council voted 4-0 to award the $109,285 contract to Central Asphalt on Tuesday, July 3.

The paving projects are as follows:

North Main between Saginaw and Center streets. (Adjacent to old city hall.)

West Center between Mill and Pine streets. (In front of the post office)

River Court between Union and N. Main streets. (Next to the high school football field.)

I&K between Union and N. Main. (Next to Carrie Knause Elementary School.)

300 feet of York starting at Devon Street. (In Westgate subdivision.)

North Main between Saginaw and Center, and West Center between Mill and Pine are what contractors call “mill and fill” jobs. Two inches of asphalt will be taken off and two inches of new asphalt will be added.

The others pavings are what contractors call “overlays.” In that case, the road is swept clean, coated with an adhesive, then covered with asphalt.

What’s more, since the M-46 job requires a better brand of asphalt called “Superpave,” the same stuff will be used on St. Louis roads this summer.

“We’re getting upgraded for nothing,”said DPW Superintendent Mark Abbott. “I’m very happy.”

Central Asphalt will have until Sept. 4 to finish the job.

See the Central Asphalt web site here:


This year’s resurfacing jobs are, in a sense, stopgap measures, as they will last just seven to ten years, Abbott said. Hopefully, by then, there will be more money to do more comprehensive roadwork with curbs, gutters, sidewalks, etc.

Abbott would prefer to be able to do the deluxe job, but funds are tight. “I don’t have a choice but to be very frugal because we just don’t have the money,” he said.

2019 Road Work

Abbott expects to have money to put overlays on Hebron, Temen, Sharon, Eden, Berea and North Clinton streets in May or June next year.


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