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Belmont city council approves $250,000 paving program

The Belmont city council approved the 2019-2020 street resurfacing program that will resurface the 10 blocks of streets in Belmont that are in the worst condition. The city council approved this program during its August 5, 2016 meeting. The city staff awarded the contract to Blythe Construction, the low bigger on the project.  

The adopted FY 2019-2020 budget includes $250,000 for this paving program, and this is paid for using Powell Bill or gasoline tax revenue that the City receives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

“Over the past several years the City of Belmont has used a data-driven process to determine which sections of city streets need resurfacing,” said Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin. “This process allows the City to spend its limited resources where they are most needed. This fall resurfacing project achieves one of the city council’s long-standing goals of improving our infrastructure.”

Belmont staff hired a consultant in 2013 and again in 2018 to rate the condition of every block of city streets within Belmont. The consultants used a series of criteria to rate each block, giving each block a rating from 0 to 100, with 0 being the worst and 100 being the best. This data-driven approach has allowed the city council to spend its limited street resurfacing funds where they are most needed.   The initial goal of this program was to resurface all blocks with a rating of 0 to 10. With such competitive bids from previous years, the city council has been able to increase the number of blocks in the program to include all but one block with a rating from 0 to 20.

The 2018 Pavement Condition Survey found that there was only one segment of street with a pavement condition rating (PCR) of 20 or less, which was the eastern end of Linestowe Drive. The city council authorized resurfacing of this street this spring, and that work has now been completed. With completion of the 2018 paving program and the completion of the Linestowe Drive resurfacing, there were only seven streets with a PCR under 30. When the 2019 Fall Paving Program is completed, all streets with a PCR under 30 will have been resurfaced.

The following is a list of streets scheduled to be repaved in 2019-2020:

1. North Street 

2. Southridge Drive 

3. Dogwood Lane 

4. Walton Street 

5. Sterling Street 

6. Fuller Street 

7. Pebble Creek Drive 

8. Short Street 

9. Crossing Avenue 

10. Palm Lane 

Work will begin with selective pavement patching on all streets. After completing this preliminary preparatory work, final resurfacing will begin.

During the construction, adjoining property owners may temporarily lose access to their property. City staff will notify these property owners and work with them to lessen the inconvenience as much as possible. Paving of the individual street sections will generally be completed in a day. Pavement patching which will occur first may take a few days, but the roadways will generally remain open to traffic.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jamie Campbell at 704-825-5586 or email at [email protected]