Mayor Ann Bradshaw and Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown spoke with The Brazil Times Thursday about the project and the tentative schedule.
"Charlie went out earlier in the morning with (Banning Engineering, Plainfield, Project Engineer) Tabatha Briones for a final look to determine the best plan of action," Bradshaw said.
After added discussion took place about the best way to minimize the potential effect on traffic, the following tentative schedule (due to the uncertainty of weather conditions) was agreed upon:
* Monday, Oct. 25 -- Milling of the road will begin,
* Tuesday, Oct. 26 -- Road cleanup,
* Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- Begin blacktopping,
* Thursday, Oct. 27 -- Continue blacktopping, and
* Friday, Oct. 28 (if necessary) -- Complete blacktopping.
Although the scope of work is only for Pinckley Street, between State Road 59 and Murphy Avenue, officials are looking into the possibility of expanding the project.
"We are exploring the idea of extending the re-paving and additional one-quarter mile east of Murphy, if there are county funds available," Brown said. "If we can pull it off, it would be a county project to itself."
Bradshaw added part of the roads through Forest Park may be worked on as well.
"If there are any materials left after Pinckley Street is done, we hope to do some resurfacing on South John Steele Drive, which is the road that runs by the golf course," she said.
With the north side of the road in city limits and the south side in the county, the entities have joined forces to complete the project.
City and county officials also met with the Clay Community School Corporation to discuss the best way to complete the project without hindering access to Forest Park Elementary.
"The project will be done in two passes. The hot mix will be put down along one side of the road at a time which will still allow residents access to their homes and busses access to the school," Brown said. "I encourage residents to be patient with us because there will be some inconvenience with Pinckley being a major road for the city, but it will be very nice when it is completed."
Bradshaw told The Brazil Times there had been additional concerns about potential water line repair needs.
"We looked at all the possibilities and discovered there are ways, like boring under the road, to work around potential situations without having to tear Pinckley up," she said.
As for the repaving project itself, Black Diamond Contractors, Greencastle, provided the lowest bid for the milling at $7,986 ($3.63 per cubic yard), which will be paid for by the city. The city will also be responsible for raising the utility casings, placing the stone and maintaining traffic control.
"We are furnishing traffic control to maintain good flow on the road, and we plan on putting up temporary signs indicating 'local traffic only' during the duration of the work," Bradshaw said. "Once the blacktop is down, it will take it a few hours to dry, which is something residents also need to be mindful of as the work is being done."
The county's end of the project includes hauling the milled material from the site, picking up the stone, along with picking up and placing the asphalt and tack coat.
"The city and county employees are all coordinated in their roles for the project," Brown said. "A big part of the coordination will come in setting the utility casings, which will happen as the blacktop, which is being purchased from Wabash Valley Asphalt (Terre Haute), is going down to ensure there aren't any unnecessary raises in the road."
Bradshaw said she is glad to see the two entities work together to complete another project down the road as well.
"I especially want to thank all the commissioners, Charlie, Paul (Sinders) and Jack (Withers), along with the rest of the county for working with us," she said. "Another big asset we are working together to complete is the water tower at Interstate-70."
Brown added a few companies have recently expressed interest in looking at the various possibilities to bring industry to the area.
"This project is just another step to improving the infrastructure and industry in the city and county," he said. "Pinckley Street has been such a big issue, I have even received questions from residents in the southern part of the county about when it would get done. So we are extremely happy to make this happen because it is one of those things that has been needed for a long time."