UNION — It will cost nearly $250,000 to repave 20 streets in the City of Union a study found to be in “serious,” “very poor,” and “poor” condition.
In a presentation to Union City Council at its July meeting, City of Union Public Services Director Perry Harmon presented a letter he submitted to the Union County Transportation Committed in June asking the committee to allocate C Funds for the repaving of 20 city streets. Harmon told council that the committee allocated $125,000 in C Funds to help get the project under way. He said that the city funding for the project will be added as needed to complete the repaving of a street or even to add another street to the project.
Harmon stated that “after the last allocation of C Funds for asphalt resurfacing in 2012, our city owned streets were in good shape.” However, Harmon stated that in 2016 the city had its engineering firm “conduct a road study of city owned streets and found some of the streets not to be in very good condition.” He stated that the city is “requesting funding to begin the process to upgrade these city streets.”
In his request to the Transportation Committee, Harmon included the results of the study of city streets conducted by “Rogers & Callcott Environmental.” The report states the City of Union “owns and maintains approximately 20 miles of roads within the Union City limits. The current conditions of the roads vary.”
The report states that the firm “performed a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) on all the roads to determine and quantify their condition. … All the the city streets were field inspected for 19 different kinds of asphalt distress. Once the kind, severity and amount of distress were determined for each road, a PCI was calculated and rating was determined. Finally, a budget cost to repave the road with two inches of asphalt was calculated.”
In his letter to the Transportation Committee, Harmon said the streets in need of repaving were rated in the report by Rogers & Callcott Environmental as being in “serious,” “very poor,” and “poor” condition. Those streets and the cost of repaving them are:
• Spring Street (City-owned section) — $16,995
• Edge Street — $3,597
• Eutaw Lane — $10,560
• Wagnon Street — $7,920
• Jefferies Place — $3,326
• Williams Street — $26,314
• Spring Street (City-owned section) — $31,720
• Parris Lane — $17,279
• West Lee Street — $9,652
• 3rd Avenue (City-owned section) — $4,950
• Rectors Lane — $11,543
• Havrid Lane — $13,579
• Skyline Drive — $5,004
• Corinth Street — $2,911
• Hill Street — $21,780
• Morris Circle — $5,148
• Grove Street — $8,039
• Thomas Street — $24,420
• Meador Street — $7,697
• Poplar Street — $13,840
The report lists the remaining city streets as being in “fair,” “satisfactory,” and “good” condition.
Repaving the streets listed as being in serious, very poor, and poor condtio nwill cost a total of $246,274, but the report points out that this cost applies only to repaving of the streets. It states that additional items such as milling, curb repair, or sub-road stabilization could add to the cost of rehabilitating the roads.
Harmon said that the projects proposed to the Transportation Committee are repaving only. He said that no additional work is expected to be needed on the streets listed.
In his letter to the Transportation Committee, Harmon reported that the city’s 2015 and 2016 sidewalk repair projects had been completed. He asked that in addition to allocating funding to upgrade the streets listed as being in serious, very poor, and poor condition the committee also allocate C Funds to enable the city to “do much needed sidewalk repair.”
Harmon’s presentation to council also included explanations of the various aspects of the C Fund program which is described as a “long-term partnership between” South Carolina’s 46 counties and the SC Department of Transportation “to fund improvements of state roads, county roads, city streets and other local transportation projects. The state reserves $2.66 per gallon of the state gasoline tax for ‘C’ Fund projects.”
As part of the program, each county’s legislative delegation “must appoint a County Transportation Committee with fair representation from municipalities and unincorporated areas of the county.” That committee then selets and approved projects in their county to be funded with C Funds.
Each county is required to spend at least 25 percent of their C Fund allocation “for construction improvements and maintenance of infastructure which is part of the state highway system. Committee members can allocate the remaining 75 percent on local road projects.”
In 2012, the Union County Transportation Committee allocated $166,010 for the repaving of Sharpe Avenue, O’Shields Street, Arch Lane, Bailey Street, Aqua Lane, Poppy Lane, and Callahan Road. Another $20,000 was allocated for sidewalk improvements on Sharpe Avenue, Church Street, Pine Street, Pinckney Street, South Street, Hart Street, O’Shields Street, Lybrand Street.
In 2015, the Transportation Committee allocated $20,000 for sidewalk improvements on Catherine Street, South Pinckney Street, South Street, Arthur Boulevard, Douglas Heights, Hart Street, O’Shields Street, and Lybrand Street.
In 2016, the allocation for sidewalk improvements approved in 2015 was increased to $40,000 due to the addition of Chelsea Court and Cherokee Avenue.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.