The City has started a roadway reconstruction project along Ninth Street NE from Robinson Avenue to State Street. Ninth Street is an important road providing access into the nearby neighborhoods and serving as a “cut through” for local residents. Years of traffic, utility repairs and asphalt overlays have resulted in a poor roadway surface and marginal drainage efficiency. The project has been discussed for years, but the City did not have the funds to completely reconstruct Ninth Street while there were so many areas of need within the City. With the passage of Issue 8 in 2013 the City has been able to collect funds earmarked specifically for roadway repair and maintenance. Ninth Street NE will be the first road to be fully reconstructed as a result of the Issue 8 funds. The project will consist of waterline replacement, sanitary sewer repairs and a new storm sewer system along Ninth Street NE. The construction work began in the summer of 2016 and continued into the fall of 2016; however, sometimes during projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues can arise which may add to the construction process and conceivably delay the completion date.
The proposed road will consist of a concrete curb and an asphalt surface. Residents will find that this arrangement provides for a clean look and a quiet, smooth ride. All drive aprons will be replaced to ensure a smooth transition to the new roadway. The City does not anticipate any assessments to be imposed on the residents along the construction corridor. However, if residents elect to add or replace roof drains or yard drains on their property to connect to the upgraded storm sewer system, the associated costs on private property would be the responsibility of the homeowner.
There are five (5) roadway options that the City is considering. Because of the location of the utility poles along the eastern side of the road, none of the options include a sidewalk along the east side of Ninth Street, NE. As a point of reference, the existing pavement varies from 24’ to 27’ wide. Five (5) potential “roadway sections” include:
Another area of opportunity involves the intersection of Ninth Street and State Street. Options here include: