New paving projects set to begin

City of Oneonta

Striping of parking spaces along both sides of the street downtown are all that remains for one of the city's paving projects.

Striping of parking spaces along both sides of the street downtown are all that remains for one of the city’s paving projects.

Bids will be opened this Friday for an ambitious paving project planned for Oneonta’s city streets.

According to Mayor Darryl Ray, the city has advertised for paving 7.4 miles of road but will look for bids on pavement by the ton and not by the mile. “We did that because not all of the streets on this project are the same width,” he said. “For example, the streets around the courthouse are much wider than some of our other city streets. We think that we will be able to do a better, more complete job by bidding this way.”

The mayor said that the cost of paving has risen dramatically. “Our last major paving project was two years ago. Cost then was about $47,000 per mile and we will be looking at close to $74,000 per mile this time.

Streets and mileage on the new project:

Champion Road .03
South 3rd .02
Railroad Avenue .02
Quail Ridge .05
Cherrywood Road .01
Red Oak .02
Mountain Springs Road .07
Heritage Road 1.3
4th Avenue Loop .07
Cutoff and Hendrix streets .05
Pine Brook .03
Twin Oaks .05
1st Avenue North – Downtown .03
High School Street .04
Patton Road – Hawkins Lane .07
3rd Street .02
4th Street and 6th Avenue .03

In all, the 7.4 miles of paving is expected to cost the city between $500,000 and $600,000 and the mayor hopes the projects can be done during the months of April and May.

Other projects

The paving of the downtown alley, located behind Main Street businesses, has been well received.

“We have heard many positive comments,” Ray said, “from merchants and shoppers alike.”

Ray says that all that remains to finish the project is for striping to be done along both sides of the road for parking places. C & C Construction of Oneonta is expected to finish the striping soon.

One change from what has been the traditional alley set-up is that parking will no longer be available between lanes or in the median. However, once striping is complete and parking spaces outlined, it is hoped the city will not lose much parking.

Decorative pavers will be installed later at all three downtown (Main Street) intersections. Ray says the city is also looking to install the pavers at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street at First Baptist Church of Oneonta.

Ray hopes the city is completely finished with the downtown work by the end of June or first of July.

The city continues work on several projects that will be funded through ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs).

Among those, the reworking of certain areas of Oneonta Rec Park deserves mention.

Plans call for the construction of soccer fields (one full-size and two smaller) at the top of the park drive where the parking lot next to the tennis courts is now located.

The tennis courts would be moved to an area along the Park Drive and two courts would be added to bring the total to six. The small upper concession stand would be moved down the hill to make room for the soccer fields and also allow better service to the upper youth baseball and softball fields.

Several storage and utility buildings located at the back of the upper parking deck would be moved to the storage building which is located behind the Oneonta City Pool. This storage area would have to be expanded but would allow easier access to equipment for work on the lower fields and around the pool.

Ray is most proud of the planned new senior citizens center. This new structure would be built for approximately $350,000 and would be located along Park Drive near where the current barbecue shed is located now. It would replace the city’s current structure located across from Oak Hill Cemetery near Woodland Park.