For the first time since they were developed 22 years ago, the city of Fairfield will repave the Monastery and Millers Run subdivisions.
The Monastery and Millers Run subdivisions, which are home to nearly 200 families, were developed in 1998. While they add to the annual cost of the annual repaving program — this year there will be nearly 25 miles of asphalt — there aren’t any real challenges, said Fairfield City Engineer Ben Mann.
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“They’ve been part of the city for more than two decades, but here we’re having to put a lot of cost back into them,” Mann said.
“Those streets aren’t new, but they’re new to our maintenance requirements just this year.”
The city has 406 lane miles of roads. Residential streets, which make up the majority of the city, have a lifespan of 20 to 24 years before they need to be repaved. Commercial roads tend to get 15 to 20 years of use before they need to be repaved.
The last large subdivision, under development for years, is Emerald Lakes on Pleasant Avenue. Mann said the city will try to wait to repave any of those roads because the upper portion is not yet complete.
“You don’t want to pave the bottom when they haven’t finished the top yet,” he said.
This year’s paving program will include all or parts of nearly 50 roads, and John R. Jurgensen will begin at the start of June. This year’s $2.85 million program includes curb and gutter work, as well as alternate work, like the addition of fiber reinforcement to the pavement on select roads in industrial areas.
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Roads in this year’s repaving program include:
Hunter Road, Quality Boulevard, Osborne Drive, Damon Court, Ricky Drive, Ricky Court, Leslie Drive, Judy Drive, Crestview Avenue, Polo Woods Court, Polo Springs Court, Joyce Park Drive, Sunrise Court, McCormick Lane, Symmes Road, Doris Jane Avenue, Denison Drive, Monestery Drive, Gregorian Drive, Trappist Walk Court, Saint Thomas Court, Abbot Drive, Commercial Drive, Cherryhill Drive, Rosewood Place, Cedarwood Drive, Hazelwood Drive, Hazelwood Court, Chateau Way, Burgundy Place, Bordeaux Way, Travelle Terrace, Gamay Lane, Dubonnet Drive, Michael Lane, Donald Drive, Millers Run Court, Remington Court, Innsbrooke Lane, Wyngate Court, Lancaster Drive, Loren Lane, Charleton Court, Westbourne Court, Ivy Lane, Leila Lane, and Seward Road.
Newer subdivisions built in the city won’t be as large as Emerald Lakes, Millers Run or Monastery, Mann said. Neighborhoods have been either single cul-de-sac streets or pocket developments, such as Lauryn Meadows, Fairfview Hill and the Bluffs of Harbin Park. They only have a couple dozen or fewer homes.