Street maintenance postponed for two Columbia roads
COLUMBIA - Asphalt overlay on Southland Drive has been postponed due to private work being done on The Crossing parking lot. The work will not be done this week. Asphalt overlay on Buttonwood Drive has been temporarily delayed due to rain. Weather permitting, work will still be done on Buttonwood Drive this week.
The Street Division plans to re-lay asphalt on Buttonwood Drive and Southland Drive Monday through Friday, weather permitting.
Southland Drive is scheduled for overlay from Rock Quarry Road to East Nifong Boulevard. Buttonwood Drive is scheduled for overlay from the street's roundabout to just south of Green Meadows Road.
The Public Works Department said this street maintenance plan follows the 2016 Pavement Management Plan, which was presented to the city council on May 2. The plan is based on the principle that preventative and rehabilitative street maintenance is more cost effective than reconstruction.
According to the department, rather than milling the street for maintenance, asphalt is laid on the surface of the existing street. Once asphalt has been laid, it can be driven on almost immediately. The department has asked drivers to watch for and respect the detour commands of flaggers as workers put final touches on the road.
"The benefits of asphalt are durability, cost effectiveness, smoothness and the ability to install it relatively quickly," said Public Works Director Dave Nichols. "It is also a recyclable asset."
Motorists and pedestrians should expect temporary lane closures while the work is being performed. The department said they should use caution in the work zone or use alternate routes when possible.