Paving Portion of Hamlet’s Starke Street Project Wrapping Up, Sidewalk Work to Start Soon

The paving portion of Hamlet’s Starke Street project is essentially complete. Walsh & Kelly rebuilt the road from Plymouth Street to U.S. 30, making drainage improvements in the process. During Wednesday’s town council meeting, Council President Dave Kesvormas said the street looks really good. It was also mentioned that no drainage issues were noticed the last time it rained.

However, project engineer Lee Nagai asked if there were any punch list items for Walsh & Kelly to complete before they officially close out the project. A resident raised a couple of minor concerns over a piece of curb and what appeared to be a Styrofoam cup that was paved over in the road.

The next phase of the project will be the installation of a sidewalk along the west side of Starke Street. Nagai hopes Covenant Concrete will be able to do the work in the week leading up to the first day of school at Oregon-Davis on August 9.

He added that part of the sidewalk will be right next to the curb, while the rest will be behind a strip of grass, to prevent cars from driving onto it. Plans also call for a bench to be placed along the new sidewalk, according to Kesvormas.

Hamlet’s Starke Street project is being funded, in part, by a grant through the state’s Community Crossings program.