City of Salisbury picks more than a dozen streets for resurfacing in spring

Published 3:27 pm Thursday, December 9, 2021

By Natalie Anderson

SALISBURY — Beginning in the spring, the city will pave or resurface more than a dozen streets.

The city each year uses Powell Bill revenue from the state to resurface and maintain city streets. Powell Bill revenue is allocated based on population and the total mileage of city-maintained streets. From four bids received, the city selected the lowest, from NJR Group Inc. based in Stanly County, and will pay $533,925. NJR Group was also contracted to repave streets during the 2020-21 fiscal year. Other bids came from J.T. Russell and Sons in Stanly County, Hanes Paving Co. in Lexington and Carolina Siteworks based in China Grove.

The bid includes the use of 5,000 tons of S9-5B asphalt, along with the ability to raise 120 manhole covers, raise 60 valve boxes and mill streets at 1.5 inches across 9,500 square yards.

A total of $858,000 in Powell Bill revenues was allocated in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget. Though paving wouldn’t begin until the spring when the weather is warm enough, Public Works Director Craig Powers said he sought council approval this week to allow some wiggle room toward the end of the fiscal year in June if more funds are needed for street maintenance.

The following streets in Salisbury will be resurfaced between January and May:

• Fourteenth Street from N. Main Street to Bethel Drive.

• Lexington Avenue from Eleventh Street to Steele Street.

• Twelfth Street from N. Main Street to Richard Street.

• North Lee Street from Twelfth Street to Fourteenth Street.

• Ackert Avenue from W. Innes Street to Brenner Avenue.

• Moyle Avenue from Faith Road to the cul de sac.

• Suggs Avenue from Faith Road to Montgomery Avenue.

• Montgomery Avenue from the dead end to Suggs Avenue.

• Henderson Street from Railroad Street to Long Street.

• Gold Hill Drive to Old Concord Road.

• Union Heights Boulevard from Gold Hill Drive to Faith Road.

• Carolina Boulevard from Faith Road to Gold Hill Drive.

• Ludwick Avenue from the dead end to Crown Point Drive.

• Morlan Park Road from Jake Alexander Boulevard to Gold Hill Drive.

• Clover Street from Carolina Boulevard to the dead end.

• Crown Point Drive from Gold Hill Drive to the dead end.

• Park Circle from Morlan Park Road to Carolina Boulevard.

• Sunset Drive traffic loop from S. Main Street to the end of the traffic loop.

Powers said the city uses a variety of input to determine which streets will be paved each year, including those with the most complaints, streets that appear to be most in need and proximity to other streets in need of maintenance.

While the selected streets are spread across the city, Powers said some areas, such as the Morlan Park area, are worse than others. So, staff try to pave as many streets in the area as they can while they have the equipment in that neighborhood and to “stretch our dollars out.”

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, City Manager Lane Bailey said city staff anticipate bringing before council members early next year a measure to tweak some of the city’s design standards to avoid maintenance of some streets in newer developments as often. Bailey said those tweaks can cut down on the costs of maintenance, which is ultimately on the taxpayer’s dime.

Contact reporter Natalie Anderson at 704-797-4246.

About Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson covers the city of Salisbury, politics and more for the Salisbury Post. She joined the staff in January 2020 after graduating from Louisiana State University, where she was editor of The Reveille newspaper. Email her at or call her at 704-797-4246.

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