Hazel Street from 28th to 42nd avenues is being repaved by the Pine Bluff Street Department in a three-phase project with an estimated completion date of Thursday, Aug. 28.
Department Assistant Manager Rick Rhoden said Wednesday that the work is being segmented in order to minimize disruption to vehicular traffic.
Rhoden said the completion date is dependent on the weather.
“The rain has set us back this summer,” he said.
The $177,184 Hazel Street project is just one of several road overlay projects that the city is working to complete this summer and early fall.
Other roadways the city is hoping to repave this year are Harding Avenue, Ohio Street, Hutchinson Street, Bryant Street, Millaway Circle, Windsor Place, Apple Street, Fairway Drive, Hickory Street and Jaycee Drive.
The total amount of money it would take to repave all streets on the list is $841,976.
Finance Department Director Steve Miller said that the street department’s overlay budget currently has $370,000 in funding, while the maintenance budget has $425,000.
“These roadways are at the top of the street department’s to-do list,” Miller said. “There is not enough money in the current budget to do every project, but the city council can move money around as the need arises to fund what the street department is able to get to.”
Miller said that the street department has also been constrained by an increase in materials costs and a drop in revenue.
“The price of the oil mix asphalt that the department uses has gone up along with the price of oil,” Miller said. “In addition, the primary source of revenue for the street department is the one-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax. People are not driving less miles, but they are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, which cuts into that revenue.”