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Town submits funding requests

Years of trying to get Route 99 east of Pulaski widened to four lanes recently fell victim to state transportation funding cuts.
Now, the Town of Pulaski is hoping to revive the project with economic stimulus funds.
The project is one of seven, totaling nearly $10.7 million, the town submitted to a state stimulus website Tuesday.
As of this morning almost 2,100 projects from across the state had been submitted to the website (stimulus.virginia.gov) for consideration.
Town Manager John Hawley said he tried to submit projects that could get underway quickly.
“When (state stimulus officials) tell you (funding has been approved for a project), you have 180 days to be under construction. If you’re not under construction in 180 days, your money goes away,” he said.
Tuesday afternoon, Pulaski Town Council authorized Hawley to contract with Draper Aden Associates on an hourly basis for any assistance needed in getting a project underway once it is approved for stimulus funding.
The following projects were submitted Tuesday:
• Construct a new visitor’s clubhouse, umpires locker room, and concession stand at Calfee Park and improve Fifth Street parking.
• Construct a picnic shelter at the Gatewood Campground.
• Construct a picnic shelter at Macgill Park.
• Rehabilitate 3,000 feet of 18-inch and 3,000 feet of 24-inch concrete sanitary sewer main pipe to reduce the amount of infiltration/inflow entering the treatment system.
• Remove deteriorated concrete on Gatewood Dam and replace as recommended. Install remote monitoring station for flood control/evaluation. Stabilize the toe area of the dam where erosion has occurred.
• Replace roof on the Town of Pulaski’s water treatment plant at 911 Randolph Ave.
• Paint the interior and exterior, and provide maintenance for up to five water storage tanks in the town’s distribution system.
• Replace 3000 feet of sidewalks and curb and gutter in the town.
• Widen East Main Street (Route 99). Construct a 6,580-foot, four-lane road improvement to Virginia Department of Transportation standards to upgrade current two-lane road that is the main entrance road to the Town of Pulaski. Includes construction of two two-lane bridges and the rehabilitation of two existing two-lane bridges. Replace one 1970’s traffic signal.
Estimated cost of the Route 99 project is $7 million. Other estimated costs are: Gatewood, $1,075,000; picnic shelters and Calfee Park improvements, $1,025,000; the sewer project, $737,000; water tank projects, $500,000; sidewalks, $300,000; and roof replacements, $60,000.
Mayor Jeff Worrell asked whether Hawley was confident the projects could meet the construction deadline.
“If they fund all of them, we’re really gonna have to work,” Hawley responded.
Worrell said he doubts the town will have to worry about that.
Hawley said he’d really like to see the Gatewood and Route 99 projects approved. However, he noted that “when you look at the price tags of some of the other projects” that have been submitted to the state “it’s going to take a lot of push” to get the projects funded.
Hawley asked council to let him know if there are any other projects they want him to submit to the state.

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Town submits funding requests

Years of trying to get Route 99 east of Pulaski widened to four lanes recently fell victim to state transportation funding cuts.
Now, the Town of Pulaski is hoping to revive the project with economic stimulus funds.
The project is one of seven, totaling nearly $10.7 million, the town submitted to a state stimulus website Tuesday.
As of this morning almost 2,100 projects from across the state had been submitted to the website (stimulus.virginia.gov) for consideration.
Town Manager John Hawley said he tried to submit projects that could get underway quickly.
“When (state stimulus officials) tell you (funding has been approved for a project), you have 180 days to be under construction. If you’re not under construction in 180 days, your money goes away,” he said.
Tuesday afternoon, Pulaski Town Council authorized Hawley to contract with Draper Aden Associates on an hourly basis for any assistance needed in getting a project underway once it is approved for stimulus funding.
The following projects were submitted Tuesday:
• Construct a new visitor’s clubhouse, umpires locker room, and concession stand at Calfee Park and improve Fifth Street parking.
• Construct a picnic shelter at the Gatewood Campground.
• Construct a picnic shelter at Macgill Park.
• Rehabilitate 3,000 feet of 18-inch and 3,000 feet of 24-inch concrete sanitary sewer main pipe to reduce the amount of infiltration/inflow entering the treatment system.
• Remove deteriorated concrete on Gatewood Dam and replace as recommended. Install remote monitoring station for flood control/evaluation. Stabilize the toe area of the dam where erosion has occurred.
• Replace roof on the Town of Pulaski’s water treatment plant at 911 Randolph Ave.
• Paint the interior and exterior, and provide maintenance for up to five water storage tanks in the town’s distribution system.
• Replace 3000 feet of sidewalks and curb and gutter in the town.
• Widen East Main Street (Route 99). Construct a 6,580-foot, four-lane road improvement to Virginia Department of Transportation standards to upgrade current two-lane road that is the main entrance road to the Town of Pulaski. Includes construction of two two-lane bridges and the rehabilitation of two existing two-lane bridges. Replace one 1970’s traffic signal.
Estimated cost of the Route 99 project is $7 million. Other estimated costs are: Gatewood, $1,075,000; picnic shelters and Calfee Park improvements, $1,025,000; the sewer project, $737,000; water tank projects, $500,000; sidewalks, $300,000; and roof replacements, $60,000.
Mayor Jeff Worrell asked whether Hawley was confident the projects could meet the construction deadline.
“If they fund all of them, we’re really gonna have to work,” Hawley responded.
Worrell said he doubts the town will have to worry about that.
Hawley said he’d really like to see the Gatewood and Route 99 projects approved. However, he noted that “when you look at the price tags of some of the other projects” that have been submitted to the state “it’s going to take a lot of push” to get the projects funded.
Hawley asked council to let him know if there are any other projects they want him to submit to the state.

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