During the next four years, there should be fewer potholes in Lake Worth.
Construction on the $40 million roadway project to repair the city’s crumbling streets should start by September, Brian Shields, the city’s water utility director and engineer, told city commissioners Tuesday night.
“This fall expect to see a lot of construction work in all four districts,” Shields said. “Once construction starts, there’s going to be a lot of disruption, but we want to make sure the construction is minimized and sequenced so we don’t have an entire area torn up.”
In November, a whopping 69 percent of city residents approved the city spending $40 million to help fix a problem that has dogged Lake Worth for decades.
“This is transformative for the city,” City Manager Michael Bornstein told The Palm Beach Post in November. “Any time residents are willing to say, ‘Here’s a problem that needs to be fixed and we’re willing to step up to the plate,’ it’s huge.”
Nearly three years ago, a $63 million bond referendum failed by a skinny 25 votes out of more than 3,000 votes cast.
According to city officials, some of the roads that will be repaired in the first year include 12th Avenue South, Cochran Drive, North J Street, South J Street, 13th Avenue North to 20th Avenue North and Terrace Drive West.
A 1,091-foot stretch on Cochran Drive from Major Drive to Moor Drive will be the most expensive project at $437,045, the city has said.
Construction for year two of the project is expected to start in February, Shields said.
The city is also performing utility work, which includes water mains, sewers and storm drains.
“Those are a little more involved in the design,” Shields said.
Contracts for those projects should be awarded in May or early June, with work expected to start in July.
To get input from residents, the city has held public outreach meetings. Additional meetings will be held in May and July for the remaining year 1 projects, Shields said.
“We want to get this out in front of folks and to those who will be directly effected to see what they would like to see and if they had any specific concerns,” Shields said.
Bilingual fliers in English and Spanish have also been circulated. Shields said he also anticipated handing out fliers in Creole.
The city is also will post a website and hotline on its website where residents can check on the project’s status or ask questions. The website should be ready this month, Shields said.