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Tucked-away Old Town street will be rebuilt

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is accepting bids from firms that want the contract to rebuild Sandridge Avenue, a small road in Old Town that officials want to redo this year.

Bids are due by 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The work will be part of City Hall’s long-running efforts to rebuild a series of streets in Old Town that fell into various states of disrepair over the years.

Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer, said the workers will tear out the existing roadway on Sandridge Avenue and replace it with a new one. They will also replace water and natural-gas lines. Landscaping will be planted at the nearby Marsac Avenue-Hillside Avenue intersection as well.

The work will resemble what was accomplished on other streets as they were rebuilt.

Drainage problems at one address on Sandridge Avenue will also be fixed, Cassel said.

The width of the road will not be altered, and the crew will not install a sidewalk.

Sandridge Avenue is a tucked-away street stretching for a little more than 1,000 feet in length in upper Old Town. It is a north-south street just south of the Marsac Building that primarily serves people who live on the street. There are nine homes along Sandridge Avenue, Cassel said.

Cassel said $735,000 is set aside for the work, and he hopes the bids are lower than the budgeted figure. The work could start as early as the beginning of July, with the city engineer expecting the crews will spend two months on the job.

He said the road will be closed to traffic during work hours, but emergency vehicles will continue to have access to Sandridge Avenue during the work.

City Hall in recent years has completed similar projects on a series of Old Town roads in response to complaints from neighborhood residents dating to the 1990s who argued that much of the city’s attention had turned to other places instead of the historic district.

Other roads that have been redone include the upper stretch of Park Avenue, Woodside Avenue, Norfolk Avenue and Prospect Avenue.