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Humphrey Street paving project to begin soon

By Rochelle Moore
Published in News on August 12, 2017 11:20 AM

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The dirt roadway path along Humphrey Street will soon get a new asphalt surface as crews start constructing a new road following approval of a $489,883 city contract.

The Goldsboro City Council voted Monday to hire Barnhill Contracting Co., out of Kinston, to add 6,000-square-yards of pavement along Humphrey Street, from Fourth to Eighth streets, and along Dakota Street, from Aycock to Fourth streets.

The contract signals the start of adding pavement to dirt streets in the city, a move that became a priority for city leaders in 2016. During the past year, city staff have worked to prioritize areas where new pavement is needed most, said Marty Anderson, Goldsboro chief city engineer.

"We have several street segments that are not paved," Anderson said. "We have prioritized the segments to be paved for council. As the budget will allow we'll pave those segments as approved."

The construction project involves adding 22-feet-wide street segments of pavement and ditches. No curbs or gutters will be included, Anderson said.

The work is expected to begin in September and will be finished sometime in January, Anderson said.

"As for where they will start is up to the contractor, but I would suspect they'd start on Humphrey Street first because it's the longer of the two streets," Anderson said.

The project is being paid for with $415,000 in street bond revenues and $75,000 in fund balance reserves.

The street improvement project is separate from the city's larger resurfacing plan, supported by the voter-approved $7 million bond package in November.

The resurfacing of some city roads is planned to start sometime this month and will continue during the next several years.

The dirt street construction contract is one of several business-related items approved by the council during its meeting Monday.

The council also approved site and demolition plans for the future 99,324-square-foot Meadow Lane Elementary School and site plans to add a 5,040-square-foot modular building at Tommy's Road Elementary School.

The $20 million Meadow Lane school project, on East Ash Street, involves the partial demolition of the existing school and the addition of a temporary eight-classroom modular unit to help meet classroom capacity needs. The former school will be demolished when the new facility opens.

At Tommy's Road Elementary School, along Tommy's Road, a six-classroom modular will be added at the back of the building near the school playground, in an effort to alleviate overcrowding.

The unit should be added to the school campus in the fall, but not by the start of the school year, said James Rowe, Goldsboro planning director.

The Goldsboro council also approved a $125,900 demolition contract with AK Grading and Demolition, of LaGrange, that will lead to the removal of 22 condemned properties in the city.

The properties slated for demolition are located on N. Carolina, Crawford, Dail, Devereaux, Grantham, Kornegay, Oak, Poplar, Roberts and Slocumb streets, Olivia Lane, Whitfield Drive and Wayne Avenue.

The council also approved:

• A conditional-use permit allowing McIntyre Funeral Home to operate a funeral home on Royall Avenue, in a 5,068-square-foot building, near Audubon Avenue.

• A $42,400 contract with Barnacle Construction Co. to install two picnic shelters at Mina Weil Park. The city plans to pay for the project with a portion of the $250,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant it received in 2015.