2 roadway projects on deck in Peoria, improvements include Bell Road

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Certain roads in Peoria are about to get the smooth treatment.

The city council approved more than $4 million to fund two projects to improve local streets.

The funds will go to Nesbitt Contracting, who will perform the pavement management and repair services.

About $2.2 million will fund road improvements to Bell Road from Loop 101 west to the city limit around 93rd Avenue, home to a number of businesses, including the Peoria Auto District.

The Streets Division has coordinated with Engineering and Water Services projects in the area and business owners have been advised that resurfacing this spring would be the final step of those projects.

Bell Road will be milled to a depth of 2”, which will then be replaced with 2” of high volume, rubberized asphalt concrete. This mill and overlay project will eliminate distresses, provide a smoother riding surface, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and increase the pavement lifecycle.

Construction is projected to begin after spring training and complete at the end of June.

About $2.2 million will fund road improvements to the communities of Foxwood 1 and 2, and Sweetwater Ridge 1, 2, and 3. These communities are bounded by 72nd Drive to 75th Avenue, Cactus Road to Sweetwater Avenue and 71st to 75th avenues from Sweetwater Avenue, north to Thunderbird Road.

The project will consist of edge milling and roadway profiling to facilitate a smooth surface and strong bond of a new overlay of asphalt rubber asphalt concrete. This mill and overlay will provide a smooth riding surface, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and increase the pavement lifecycle of treated roads.

Construction is expected to begin mid-March and complete at the end of June.

Officials say both projects are in accordance with Peoria’s Pavement Management Program to repair and restore these roads to excellent condition and extend the functional lifecycle in the best possible condition within the allocated budgets.

Both projects are part of the city’s Capital Improvement Programs budget.

Philip Haldiman can be reached at 623-876-3697, phaldiman@newszap.com, or on Twitter @philiphaldiman.

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