The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
Nearly five miles of Port Neches city streets are set to receive a face-lift, courtesy of the city’s annual chip seal program.
City leaders budgeted $100,000 for the chip seal program to repair a number of city streets and a list of those streets was recently approved by city council.
Chip seal — the process of placing a coat of emulsified asphalt oil onto a road then covering it with oil and rock — will be placed on 4.91 miles of street with the assistance of Jefferson County Precinct 2.
“At this point we anticipate meeting with Commissioner Brent Weaver in the near future at which time the schedule for street work in Port Neches will be established,” Port Neches City Manager Andrè Wimer said.
The 2014 chip seal program includes:
• Armstrong Avenue from First to Fifth streets
• South from Merriman to Nall streets
• Texas Avenue from Merriman to Nall streets
• 10th Street from FM 366 to north dead end
• 9th Street from FM 366 to north dead end
• Ordway Street from Port Neches Avenue to railroad tracks
• Dallas Street from New to Port Neches Avenue to Grigsby Avenue to north dead end
• Ave. B from Llano to Montrose streets
• 14th Street from FM 366 to Eugene Street
• Mazur Drive from Landry Drive to Staton Lane
• Kirkwood Drive from Mazur Drive to Staton Lane
• Staton Lane from Landry Drive to Mazur Drive
• Caroline Drive from Staton Lane to dead end
• Hampton Lane from Gist Drive to dead end
• Sasser Lane from Hampton Lane to dead end
• Gist Drive from Hampton Lane to Earle Street
• Combs Drive from Hampton Lane to Mazur Drive
Jefferson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Brent Weaver explained the precinct works through interlocal agreements with the three Mid-County cities of Port Neches, Groves and Nederland to assist the cities with street repair programs.
“Whereas the cities provide all of the material for the project and we come in with our equipment and assist with the road repairs,” Weaver said.
The Precinct 2 office also cares for roads in the county so staff must carefully plan the construction schedule.
“It is a benefit for all involved,” he said. “The city and county works together and these interlocal agreements provide the capacity to work together. We’ve always enjoyed working with the Mid-County cities and that is something Precinct 2 has been doing for many years.”
There are other road projects in the works for the City of Port Neches.
“In addition to those streets, outside what council approved, we also have funding set aside for pavement joint sealing as well as other miscellaneous type repairs to concrete streets,” Wimer said.
A separate project to perform concrete repair on Merriman Street is also in the planning stages. The City issued debt in the summer of 2013 which included the allocation of $100,000 for Merriman Street which is dependent upon the bids received for other components of the bond work.
“We anticipate there will be additional funds allocated towards Merriman,” Wimer added.