Paving projects underway in city

The repaving work in progress in downtown Seymour and other areas of the city will continue well into the coming week and perhaps even further.

Chad Dixon, director of the department of public works, gave an update on that work during the board of public works and safety meeting Thursday morning at city hall.

“They’re milling this week,” Dixon said of Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. of North Vernon. “They are taking care of (streets) mostly north of the railroad tracks.”

That work includes milling on Chestnut and Walnut streets and St. Louis Avenue, he said. There’s also some stormwater drainage work on Chestnut Street.

Milling and other work also is occurring in the 600 block of East 15th Street, 300 block of Sixth Street between Ewing and Broadway streets, Third Street on the north side of the police station and O’Brien Street between Burkart Boulevard and Enos Road, Dixon said.

“So on O’Brien Street, they are wedging that in preparation to pave next week,” he said. “So everything they have tore up now, the plan next week is to pave it so they don’t get too far ahead. With change in the weather and everything else, we can’t have all winter roads milled up that we can’t pave.”

City engineer Bernie Hauersperger also briefly discussed the road work.

“I do want to stress that there are streets still downtown that haven’t been milled yet,” he said.

Walnut Street from St. Louis Avenue to Tipton Street (U.S. 50) is one of those, Hauersperger said.

“So there’s more work downtown and more work in other locations,” he said. “So I don’t want everybody to think this is the ending of paving from the contractor. There is more. All-Star Paving hasn’t started yet because they can’t get concrete. It’s just kind of crazy right now in the construction world.”

In unrelated matter, Hauersperger said construction on the Burkart South Bypass is continuing and the roundabout on State Road 11 at the bypass may be open before the board of works meeting on Nov. 10.

He said the lights are up there and should be energized shortly.

When operational, the roundabout still will only carry traffic north and south on State Road 11 until the bypass connections from the east and west are completed.