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Street repairs on Clayton menu

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CLAYTON — Sections of a dozen town streets will soon get face-lifts.

The Town Council last week accepted a bid to repair the following streets:

• Cardinal Drive, from Flamingo Drive to Falcon Court.

• Flamingo Drive, from Robin Lane to the cul-de-sac.

• Hillcrest Circle, from Central Street to the cul-de-sac.

• McKenzie Circle, from Garrison Avenue to Brandon Avenue.

• Fayetteville Street, from Main Street to First Street.

• New Street, from Robertson Street to Stewart Street.

• Front Street, from Robertson Street to O’Neil Street.

• O’Neil Street, from Second Street to Horne Street.

• Champion Street, from Everette Street to the baseball field.

• Shields Court, from Champion Street to the cul-de-sac.

• Everette Street, from Champion Street to Joyner Street.

• Westminster Street, from Champion Street to Agin Court.

At $1.31 million, Fred Smith Co. submitted the lowest bid for the work, which should wrap up by the end of May.

“We had great participation — six bidders — so we’re really excited about that,” Blake Mills, assistant director of public services and utilities, told the Town Council.

Even better, the bids were competitive, Mills said. “The top three bidders were within 3 percent of each other,” he said. “It’s good to have that competitive bidding.”

The paving encompasses streets in various states of disrepair, Mills said. “In order for us to keep from falling behind, we have to have a mix of roads,” he said.

Some of the streets on the project list are on the cusp of being in bad shape, while others are there already, he said.

As part of the project, the town will fill in gaps in sidewalks on Front, Champion, Everette and Westminster streets, Mills said.

He noted that the town uses a number of criteria in deciding which streets to repair. Those criteria include:

• Highest rate of return given the dollars available.

• Severity of defects.

• Age of roadway.

• Proximity to other streets being repaired.

• Traffic volume.

• Coordination with water and sewer projects.