Road improvements underway in Kearney

Kearney’s street sweeper was delivered from Waco, Texas earlier this month. The city paid $240,115 for the new equipment with transportation budget funds.

KEARNEY — Annual work to maintain and repair asphalt and concrete roadways and parking lots in Kearney is underway this warm-weather season.

Earlier this month, aldermen approved more than half a million dollars for the overlay and slurry seal projects that will make for smoother driving conditions throughout the city.

“Every year we put together a list of those areas that need attention and we do the most the most we can with what we have,” said Utilities Director Jay Bettis at Board of Alderman meeting this spring when aldermen first discussed potential projects. Work includes more than 54,100 square yards mill and overlay work with roughly 20 roadways receiving repairs. Mill and overlay work includes projects on Madelyn Drive, Kathleen Way, West 10th Avenue, East 16th Street, Shadowbrook Drive, Park Lane, Patricia Drive and the south entrance road to Mack Porter Park.

Asphalt cut and patch work will total roughly 389 square yards and include work on Regency Drive, Woodridge Road, Wildflower Lane, Oak Ridge Road, Lauren Lane, Evening Star and Renea Court.

Concrete work includes handicap-accessible ramp installations along with sidewalk and curb replacements. Work will include areas of Victory Lane, Clear Creek Drive, Brett Circle, Porter Ridge Road, Highland Circle, Brookside Circle, East 16th Street, East 15th Street and Shawna Drive.

Slurry seal work total roughly 21,000 square yards including projects on West Third, South Clark, South Grove, East Fourth, South Prospect and Robin streets along with Heather Circle. Parking lots at Kearney City Hall and Kearney Senior Center will also receive crack repairs, seal coats and stripe painting.

In addition to repairing streets, Kearney city leaders want streets cleaner, opting to purchase a street sweeper from Armor Equipment Company of Waco, Texas for $240,115. Funding was appropriated in the transportation fund of the budget for the street sweeper.

“Armor Equipment has given some initial training to our street staff so they may start operating the sweeper. ... In August, Donnie Smith and Tyler Cobel will be attending a training school in Waco for additional maintenance and operation of the machine. However, we will be operating the machine,” reported City Administrator Jim Eldridge.

Bettis said the equipment works well and is a needed and appreciated addition to the city.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at or 903-6001.

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