Work could begin by the end of the month

Residents will soon begin seeing some street repairs and maintenance after Havelock commissioners approved a contract with Onslow Grading and Paving.

The city has prioritized a street repair list based on traffic volume and needed repair, and the city plans to spend about $529,000 to start on that list.

“We’re going to start at the top, and we’re going to do as much as we can do,” Havelock Mayor Will Lewis said.

Mark Sayger, head of public services in Havelock, made a presentation to the board in which three bids were outlined. Onslow Grading and Paving came in with the lowest at $616,000, while the highest came in at about $850,000. In the end, the city settled on $528,952.

Sayger stressed that the work that would be done would be complete repairs. He said the city would not be doing any quick fixes because such repairs would simply require more work later, thus costing more money and delaying other needed repairs.

“Our goal is complete repairs, and then we move on to the next one,” he said.

Commissioners seemed pleased that the work would begin.

“The citizens will be glad to see the work done,” Commissioner Karen Lewis said.

The details of the project are still being worked out, including the specific streets that will receive the work. The projects are expected to get started by the end of the month.

The road work is unrelated to the closure last week of McCotter Boulevard at the intersection with U.S. 70. That closure was prompted by an emergency repair to a broken water line.