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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Road repair talks begin in Doolittle

  • The City of Doolittle has begun annual talks about summer road maintenance, and the Board of Aldermen is looking at several options.


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  • The City of Doolittle has begun annual talks about summer road maintenance, and the Board of Aldermen is looking at several options.
    The board has not produced a list of streets to be repaired this year as it normally does, but Eisenhower Street will be a priority.
    "If you drive it slow, take a look, it's rough," Alderman Roy Stevenson said. "If you drive at the speed limit, you won't notice, but drive it slow and start looking."
    Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith said he believes the road is bumpy because the cement that was once the driving surface of Route 66 has started buckling beneath the asphalt. He suggested looking into having the concrete repaired before putting any kind of new overlay on the road.
    "I drove Highway 63 North last week and, of course, I drive down by Beaver Creek daily almost, and they did a lot of work there two, three, four years ago, and they still have bumps," Smith said. "They just did not grind those humps out before they paved it."
    Whether the concrete repairs are completed or not will depend heavily on the cost and on what other roads the board decides are in need of attention this year.
    In an effort to bring the repairs into the city's $20,000 road repair budget, the aldermen discussed some alternatives to new asphalt, including the microsurfacing process used by the City of Rolla.
    The aldermen are also looking to make improvements to the city's infrastructure.
    They voted unanimously to authorize City Maintenance Supervisor David Schmickle to purchase a 10,000 gallon holding tank for wastewater.
    Schmickle believes the tank will help the city's sewer system adapt better to heavy rains.
    "The thing about it is that if we can tell that this helps a lot and it doesn't take care of all of it we can always put another tank in," Alderman Ron Bramlett said.
    Bramlett was re-appointed mayor pro-tem at the meeting also.
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