Stower Street project ramping up

One of the Interstate Improvement Company’s crew beginning the pavement preservation project work on Stower Street carefully guides the giant, self-propelled concrete saw Tuesday, cutting around one of the beaver slide handicap ramps in preparation for its removal and conversion to the more modern design. (Star photo by Steve Allison)


As the summer winds down, one last street project is starting up. According to Scott Gray, public works director for Miles City, the re-surfacing project on Stower should be completed by the end of September.

The city applied for a state “Pavement Preservation Project,” which receives both state and federal funding. The projects are designed to repair and restore existing pavement, extending the life of the pavement. This saves both time and money over a complete repaving project.

The project began with workers cutting out the old “beaver slide” wheelchair ramps. These are an early version of wheelchair access that eliminated the step between the sidewalk and the street for wheelchair and stroller users. However, they have been found to be dangerous and will be removed and replaced with the current ADA standard, which slopes the sidewalk down to street level.

From Eighth Street to Strevell Avenue, the existing concrete surface will undergo diamond grinding and a new layer of concrete will be applied. This pavement dates back to the late 1930s.

From Strevell to Earling, the asphalt street surface will undergo what Gray calls a “mill and fill” and will be resurfaced with new asphalt. These streets did not exist when the original concrete paving was done and were initially paved in the 1950s.

There will be intermittent street closures during the pavement work. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 25, weather permitting. Interstate Improvements of Fairbault, Minn., received the contract from the state for the work.