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City to start new street program

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Westbrook Village is the site of the first street replacement project under a city of Peoriaprogram that changes the was officials deal with roadway rehabilitation.

Westbrook Parkway between Union Hills Drive and 91st Avenue will be completely replaced along with smaller neighborhood streets in four localized areas within the age-restricted community. Not all neighborhood streets in Westbrook Village will be replaced, according to Maher Hazine, Peoria deputy public works/utilities director.

“In November we completed our engineering study and not all roads are in need of full replacement,” he said.

Peoria’s street reconstruction and rehabilitation program is a departure from what has been done in the past in that city officials are targeting streets for complete pavement replacement without having and associated project connected with it.

“These are stand alone projects,” Mr. Hazine explained. “In the past, pavement was replaced if we were doing another project on that street already. Under this program, the replacement is the project.”

The Westbrook pavement to be replaced is not in good shape, and the Westbrook Parkway pavement does not meet city depth standards, according to Mr. Hazine.

“We will not be doing anything to the curbs and gutters (along affected streets) unless they need attention,” Mr. Hazine explained.

He added work crews will start with the neighborhood streets and work their way out to Westbrook Parkway, which will be done last.

Work is expected to start about Memorial Day, May 27, and should be complete by August’s end, according to Mr. Hazine. The project will span two fiscal years, with the 2012-13 fiscal year ending June 30, and will be funded with monies from each fiscal budget.

“But there will be no interruption in the work,” Mr. Hazine said.

The project was timed for the summer months to take advantage of residents taking vacations and winter visitors returning to their summer homes.

“There should be a minimum of disruption,” Mr. Hazine said. “But there will be plenty of parking availabilities if needed. We will do what we need to do for parking, including temporarily suspending no parking zones.”

Ron Lyzniak, Westbrook board member, said he served on the mayor’s bond committee several years ago and the topic of street replacement was discussed, but street replacement was not recommended.

“I tried to keep that project alive, and I’m glad to see it being implemented,” he said.

Mr. Hazine said another area, near Cortez Street and 91st Avenue, will also be part of the 2013 pavement replacement.

News Editor Rusty Bradshaw can be reached at 623-445-2725 or rbradshaw@newszap.com.

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