Earlier this year, the City of Rising Sun began utilizing $501,357 in state funding provided by a Community Crossings Grant. This grant, combined with a $131,708 match by Rising Sun’s city administration, is for sidewalk and road repairs. Many of the ADA accessible curb sidewalks have already been installed and more are coming.
But a much more noticeable and significant element of the plan began Monday, April 9 with a rather extensive road paving project. Here is the complete list of roads to be addressed: Barnes Alley, Front Street from Fourth to Fifth Street, High Street from Main Street to the dead end, Main Street from S.R. 262 to Fourth Street, Plum Street from South Poplar to Front Street, Downey Street from S.R. 262 to First Street, Rio Vista Lane, Fairground Road, Mulberry Street from Rio Vista to Lincoln Street, Detmer Lane, Highland Avenue, Margaret Avenue, Poplar Street from Sixth to Williams Street, Ridge Avenue from Margaret Street to S.R. 56, Turner Road, Walnut Street from Fifth to Sixth Street, Willow Street from Salem Ridge Road to Ridge Avenue and Sixth Street from S.R. 56 to Poplar Street.
Milling of existing surfaces for Ridge Avenue and its adjoining streets listed above was scheduled to begin April 9 followed by a complete resurfacing of each. No street parking will be permitted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during milling and paving operations.
“This is a huge undertaking,” said Rising Sun Mayor Brent Bascom. “It’s a $633,000 investment in our community’s infrastructure. With sound financial planning and foresight, our city administration was able to budget nearly $132,000 to match the grant funding. Without our match, there is no grant. With no grant, we couldn’t afford to address most of our deficiencies we will repair this year. Milling and resurfacing 19 roads plus installing ADA accessible curb sidewalks all in one year is a major win for Rising Sun. I know there will be some minor inconveniences with parking restrictions and road closures, but all are temporary and will yield to much better streets for our community.”
The resurfaced streets will have 1-1/2 inches of asphalt. This is thicker than past road resurfacing projects and will increase the life span of each road to approximately 15 years.