Road improvements not an easy fix
Voters asked to help by approving ballot issues
Renovating and maintaining the city of Lake Ozark’s 90 lane miles of roads is a daunting task.
A Citizen’s Transportation Committee has been working for several months to find a solution to fixing the city’s deteriorating road system. It could cost between $5 and $7 million over the next 20 years, but city officials say it has to be done to ensure residents and visitors have safe and reliable roads.
“I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t think we need new roads,” Rick Hasty, chairman of the Transportation Committee, said recently. “The question is, how do we do it?”
A city’s streets are part of its infrastructure along with its water and sewer systems. Quality water, sewer and transportation systems are necessary to encourage residential and commercial growth.
The city is nearing completion of an upgrade to its sanitary sewer system, and recently completed the final hookup to a 10-inch water main that now serves the entire community. The water main project was started in 2006. Both the water and sewer projects were completed as funds became available.
Now, the focus is on streets – the way motorists get to and from work, shopping and entertainment.
The first two steps are voter approval of two issues on the April 7 General Municipal Ballot.
•One issue would authorize the city to borrow up to $6 million over the next several years to cover the cost of renovating the streets. Various revenue streams would be used to pay off that debt.
•The other issue is for voters to approve a Use Tax, which is a sales tax on out-of-state online purchases from businesses that do not have a presence in Missouri. Those funds – estimated as much as $134,000 a year – would be one of the sources of funds to pay the debt.
For more details on the $6 debt issue, the Use Tax and the specific ballot questions, visit cityoflakeozark.net, then to the What’s New tab.
A comprehensive Road Assessment was completed last year by Cochran Engineering. It identified the condition of the streets, listed a priority of how the streets should be improved, provided an estimated timetable and the cost of construction. The assessment outlines a preliminary maintenance program that is subject to change based on available funds. The city regularly repairs street issues as needs arise and as funds are available.
City Administrator Dave Van Dee noted that problems with the city’s streets outpace the city’s ability to keep pace.
The assessment sets forth a 20-year timeline for overhauling and maintaining the city’s streets through a variety of processes.
The processes are:
•Milling/overlay – removing the top several inches of asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt material.
•Crack sealing – involves blowing debris out of cracks and filling the cracks in the road with hot liquid asphalt.
•Micro-paving – a liquid material consisting of an asphalt or cementitious material with fine aggregate mixed in. This is applied to the surface of the road to seal the pavement and provide a new surface. This process can greatly extend the life of a roadway.
•Sealcoating -- is similar to micro-paving but has little or no aggregate. It’s more of a liquid material for filling cracks and is not usually as durable as micro-paving.
The Road Assessment outlines a tentative plan for maintaining the city’s streets and which process will be used. Go to cityoflakeozark.net, then to Reports.
Renovation of Bagnell Dam Blvd. from near Quality Inn to Bagnell Dam Blvd. will be one of the priority projects. That 3.3-mile main artery for the city could cost as much as $2.9 million to rehabilitate – again, subject to change.
Improvements would be completed in six phases:
Bagnell Dam to School Road (milling and overlay, aggregate base repair, overlay parking)
School Road to the Horseshoe Bend Parkway traffic signal (milling and overlay, drainage modifications)
Horseshoe Bend intersection (milling and overlay, aggregate base repair, intersection striping sand repair)
Horseshoe Bend Intersection to Arrowhead Estates Road (milling and overlay)
Arrowhead Estates to Old Highway 54 Traffic Signal (milling and overlay, drainage modifications)
Old Highway 54 traffic signal to Highway 242 traffic signal (micro-surface)